12_31_21 Friday Forum

ICUJP Celebrates the Life and Struggles Of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Description: On December 31st, ICUJP celebrated the life and struggles of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Desmond Tutu (7 October 1931 – 26 December 2021) was one of South Africa’s most well-known human rights activists, winning the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in resolving and ending apartheid. Born in 1931 in Klerksdorp, Transvaal, South Africa, he became the first Black Anglican Archbishop of both Cape Town and Johannesburg. Known as the voice of the voiceless Black South Africans he was an outspoken critic of apartheid. Tutu also supported the economic boycott of South Africa, while constantly encouraging reconciliation between various factions associated with apartheid. (Sánchez, Youth for Human Rights, 2021)

SPECIAL GUEST - Pastor William D. Smart Jr., President/ CEO Southern Christian Leadership Conference -Southern California 

Rev. William D. Smart is the President and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) of Southern California.  He is also Co-Pastor of the Christ Liberation Ministries in Los Angeles, where he serves with his wife. He recently served as Director of External Training and Outreach at the Los Angeles Alliance for A New Economy a nationally recognized nonprofit organization, where he served for 9 plus years.

Rev. Smart worked as an adjunct professor of world religion and biblical studies at Lane College in Jackson, TN where he also served as interim Vice President.  He was President of the NAACP in Jackson, TN,  a board member of the SCLC in Birmingham, AL President of the Forest City Ministerial Alliance and State Director of Economic Development for the NAACP in Tennessee. He served as Co-Chair of the Black-Brown Unity Commission, a board member of Community Call to Action in Los Angeles, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for Greater Los Angeles Southern Christian Leadership Conference and a national advisory board member of the American Values Network. (DiPrima, 2021)


7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
7:35 - 7:45  Welcome and introductions 
7:45 - 7:50  Reflection (5 min. maximum)
7:50 - 9:15  Program and Q&A
9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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Reflection: Rev Rubi Omar
Facilitator: Phil Way
Zoom host: Dave Clennon

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Sanchez, O. A. (2021). Champions of Human Rights Desmond Tutu (b. 1931). Retrieved from Youth for Human Rights: https://youthforhumanrights.org/voices-for-human-rights/champions/desmond-tutu.html

DiPrima, D. (2021). Rev. William D. Smart Jr. Retrieved from dominiquediprima.comhttps://dominiquediprima.com/rev-william-d-smart-jr/

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