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Nazareth Hosts Panel Discussion on History of the African American Struggle in Rochester, Feb. 4

  • Published: January 24, 2014

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Julie Long, Chief Public Relations Officer (585) 389-2456

Nazareth Hosts Panel Discussion on History of the African American Struggle in Rochester, Feb. 4

Nazareth College’s Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue and Institute for Pluralism are hosting “Faith Based Initiatives in the African American Struggle for Freedom and Justice in the Greater Rochester Area,” a panel discussion on African American life in the 20th century. The event will take place in the Otto A. Shults Center Forum on Tuesday, February 4, at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y., 14618. 

Nazareth College Visiting Community Scholar David Anderson will moderate the panel made up of Reverend Dr. John Walker, scholar and pastor of Christian Friendship Baptist Church; Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle, President, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School; and Imam Hanif Abdul-Wahid, Rochester native and activist, and founding member of the Rochester-Monroe County Freedom Trail Commission.

The discussion will include topics such as the roles Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony played in the struggle to end slavery and win the right to vote for women; how black churches gave a voice to African Americans and influenced civil rights leaders such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.; and generally, the social, economic, and political issues faced both by African Americans and women.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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