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“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.” From the Baha’i writings

Save the Date for the Eighth Annual Louis G. Gregory Symposium on Race Unity

Date: April 3, 2014
Time: From 1:00 to 4:30 (Registration begins at noon)
Location: Agard-Lovinggood Auditorium
On the campus of Huston-Tillotson University

Free and Open to the Public

The symposium will be preceded at 11 a.m. on April 4 by a joint worship experience with the Huston-Tillotson University Office of Religious Life and the Austin Baha’i Community celebrating the Seventh Annual Symposium. This worship service will take place in the King-Seabrook Chapel and will be led by Reverend Donald Brewington, Chaplain of HT.

The Keynote Speaker for this Year’s Symposium

Ms. Joyce James, LMSW-AP, Associate Deputy Executive Commissioner of the Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities

Joyce James began her professional career as a Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworker and has established an impressive 33-year history in the field of child welfare and in addressing racial inequities in various systems. She has a powerful story of her journey from CPS caseworker to head of the State of Texas’ Child Protective Services and then to Associate Deputy Executive Commissioner of the Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities. James is currently a private consultant working with systems and communities to achieve racial equity.

James’ knowledge and expertise in raising awareness and increasing understanding of the underlying causes of disproportionality and disparities as told through the story of her personal journey is widely recognized in Texas and across the country. She is credited with presenting testimony and data that resulted in Texas becoming the first state in the country to establish legislation to address racial disproportionality.

James has presented as a keynote and provided workshops at numerous state and national conferences. James has provided consultant services to multiple systems in various states and jurisdictions across the country using a model created under her leadership that is aligned with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. Her efforts to address these critically important issues have proven to have a positive and often life changing impact on systems and community leaders.

In addition to the keynote speech by James, there will be a presentation on the exemplary life and great works of Louis Gregory and scholarship awards to Huston-Tillotson University students in his name.

Finally, there will be a lively panel discussion with distinguished community members, including former Austin police chief Stan Knee, joining James in discussing the topic of race relations and race unity today.

For more information about this event, contact Dale Fowler.