Voices Against Injustice Presents: The Salem Award Ceremony

@The Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, Salem State University

Voices Against Injustice presents the 2018 Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice to The GroundTruth Project, a Boston-based non-profit media organization. Founded by award-winning journalist Charles Sennott, The GroundTruth Project is dedicated to supporting a new generation of journalists and to adding increased knowledge and understanding of critical global issues through enterprise journalism with a focus on social justice.

Tickets are free.

Please R.S.V.P. by March 19 to tickets@voicesagainstinjustice.org

Click here for the official invite.

Click here for the full press release.

Learn more about The GroundTruth Project.

Salem Film Fest

Voices Against Injustice will once again sponsor a film with a social justice theme at the Salem Film Fest. March 22nd – March 29th. You can buy tickets and get details on the films and schedule at Salem Film Fest 2018.

Multiple times and locations will be posted.

Teaching the Salem Witch Trials at the Salem Witch Museum

Discover methods and resources for bringing the lessons of the Salem witch trials into the classroom. Feel free to bring and share your own ideas and resources.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation to Voices Against Justice. (Thank you, Salem Witch Museum!)

Dedication of the Charlotte Forten Legacy Room at Salem State University

10 AM: Reception, Sophia Gordon Center
11AM: Dedication, Meier Hall 316

The Charlotte Forten Legacy Room celebrates the life and legacy of Charlotte Louise Bridges Forten. Forten was an abolitionist, educator, writer, poet, translator and women’s rights activist. Her story starts in Philadelphia, where she was brought up in a radical abolitionist family. She traveled to Salem for equal education–Salem Public Schools are thought to be the first in the nation to be integrated–but throughout her life faced inequality due to her race and gender. Forten used her pen to express her outrage and advocate for solutions.

John D. Keenan inaugurated as 14th Salem State University president.

On Friday, John D Keenan, a native of Salem and a descendant of Rebecca Nurse, one of the women convicted and hanged for witchcraft in 1692, was inaugurated as the 14th president of Salem State University. In his remarks, President Keenan referenced his heritage and it’s influence on his life and career.

“As a descendent of Rebecca Nurse, one of the women convicted and hanged for witchcraft in 1692, and being trained as a lawyer, I am sensitive to the need to provide adequate due process and to fight for social justice. I have dedicated my life to public service in many instances fighting for social justice – whether for marriage equality, transgender rights, or in-state tuition for “dreamers”.

I think of people like Rebecca Nurse and find it is my duty to be the voice of those who cannot speak out for themselves and to advocate for those who need someone in their corner. I brought this commitment with me to Salem State where I promise to do the same for our students.”

Full text of speech here: http://www.wickedlocal.com/news/20180120/full-text-of-salem-state-president-john-d-keenans-inaugural-address

Tent Talk: Does Art Create Social Change?

Austen Barron Bailly, George Putnam Curator of American Art, Peabody Essex Museum discusses the potential of art to contribute to social change.

These approachable and relevant presentations by notable members of the community offer opportunities for visitors and residents alike to take a mid-day break for reflection and engagement.