Seventh Annual Louis G. Gregory Symposium on Race Unity
Thursday Apr, 04 2013
“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.” From the Baha’i writings
Save the Date for the Seventh Annual Louis G. Gregory Symposium on Race Unity
Date: April 4, 2013
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 lead by Reverend Donald Brewington, Chaplain of HT.
The Keynote Speaker for this Year’s Symposium
Dr. Monya Stubbs, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Monya A. Stubbs is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and serves as an Associate Professor of New Testament at Austin Seminary. She is a graduate of Spelman College and received her MTS and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Stubbs is the author of a numbers of books and essays, including A Contextual Introduction to the Gospel of Matthew and its Readings (co-author, Abingdon Press, 2003) and Indebted Love: Paul’s Rhetorical Strategy in Romans (Pickwick Publications, forthcoming, Spring 2013) and a host of essays that range from an essay on “Healing Through Touch” in My Soul is a Witness (Beacon Press, 1995) to her most recent publication, “1 Thessalonians” featured in the revised and updated Women’s Bible Commentary (Westminster John Knox Press, 2012). Stubbs’ teaching interests include a wide range of New Testament subjects, with an emphasis on Pauline Literature and interpretive methods in New Testament Studies. She also teaches on topics such as theological themes in contemporary novels, theology and the economy, and the intersections of faith and politics.
Stubbs is the founder and former director of Bonner-Campbell Religious Studies Institute, a ministerial training school for the Eighth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She has also served as a faculty team member for the field education program at Vanderbilt University, where she facilitated students’ theological reflection on events in ministry. Stubbs serves on the board of Texas Impact, an advocacy organization sponsored by Christian and Jewish groups which promote public policies that enhance freedom, justice, and economic equality.
Other distinguished participants include Dr. Larry L. Earvin, President, Dr. Michael Hirsch, Dr. James Kraft, and Reverend Donald Brewington from Huston-Tillotson University; Beverly Reeves, District Ombudsman from Austin ISD; Rosalie Ip, a teacher of the year in Austin ISD, graduate student at UT Austin in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and a member of the Austin Social Justice Teacher Inquiry Group; Dee Lewis, distinguished community member; and Michael Stevens and Linda O’ Dell, members of the Austin Baha’i Community.
Honoring Louis G. Gregory–Champion and Pioneer of Race Unity in America
Louis George Gregory (1874 – 1951), a descendent of black slaves and white slave owners, devoted his life to championing unity among the races in the United States of America during the early 1900s. Gregory’s maternal grandmother was “wholly of African blood” and his maternal grandfather was the white owner of the Darlington County plantation where she labored. Gregory was influenced during his entire life by his grandmother who drew on her profound spiritual beliefs and chose not to hate, even after the death of her blacksmith husband at the hands of the Klansmen.
Louis Gregory’s education at the Avery institute, Fisk University, and then Howard University’s School of Law established him as one of the “Talented Tenth,” the term coined by W.E. B. Dubois for capable and educated African Americans of the time.
Louis Gregory set aside a life of relative ease to teach the principles and beliefs of the Baha’i Faith, particularly the oneness of humanity. On one of his trips to Texas in 1920 as a traveling speaker on the subject of race unity, Gregory visited Austin and spoke at the two black colleges, Samuel Houston College and Tillotson Institute, as well as Anderson High School.
Because of Louis Gregory’s lifelong dedication to education and race unity, the Baha’i Faith of Austin, in collaboration with Huston-Tillotson University, wishes to honor him with this symposium at HT, the institution resulting from the merging of the two colleges in Austin at which he spoke so long ago.
This year’s theme: Contributing to a Diverse Community: What Can You Do For Your Country/Community?