The History of Slavery and Discrimination: Effects on our Current Education System

This seminar series presented by Gibbel Kraybill & Hess Attorneys J. Dwight Yoder and Sheila O’Rourke in collaboration with Reverend Edward M. Bailey and Dr. Danielle Brown of Bethel AME Church has been exploring the legal and historical context of slavery and racial discrimination in the United States.

Often referred to as America’s “original sin,” the kidnapping of Africans, who were then taken to the U.S. colonies where they were enslaved and treated as property, represents one of the most tragic and inhumane parts of our country’s history. Our founding document – the United States Constitution – preserved and protected slavery as an institution. Even after slavery was abolished by the adoption of the 13th Amendment during the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War, discrimination, organized violence and systemic oppression against African-Americans continued. This discrimination was legalized by the states, encouraged by the federal government and sanctioned by the courts. This seminar series provides a space to discuss a variety of topics relating to our country’s history of discrimination, how it affects us to this day, and what we, as individuals, can do to repair and restore our communities.

We are pleased to announce the tenth seminar in this ongoing series. This seminar reflects on the history of segregation in our country’s education system. Dr. Danielle Brown will discuss the very real and lasting effects discrimination has had on the current school systems. Reverend Bailey and Attorneys Dwight Yoder and Sheila O’Rourke will also be joining Dr. Brown to provide input and reflections during the seminar. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the seminar.

Please join us for this virtual seminar. You can either join as a participant by registering in advance, or you can watch the live-stream feed from GKH’s Facebook page. A link to the live stream will be posted on our Facebook page prior to the start of the virtual seminar on February 24. All are welcome to join!

To be able to participate and ask questions in this seminar you must pre-register through Zoom. Please be advised that the seminar, including the question and answer session, will be recorded and posted on the internet for viewing by the general public. By pre-registering you consent to your participation in the seminar being included as part of the recording that will be posted on the internet following the seminar.

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