@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.
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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.
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!)
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.
Revisit a former recipient of the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice, discover upcoming events, and learn about a Salem State professor speaking out on the insufficiencies of America’s teaching of slavery.
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“2017 was a transitional year for The Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice. For over 26 years, from our inception in 1992, the tercentenary of the Salem Witch Trials, to the present day, we have focused on promoting awareness of human rights and social justice issues in three ways.”
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“For the past 26 years, the Salem Award Foundation has worked to promote the cause of human rights, tolerance and social justice worldwide. The group’s mission hasn’t changed, but its title has.
Marketing Committee Chairman Don White told a gathering of approximately 50 people Sunday about the recent decision to “rebrand” the organization Voices Against Injustice.”
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“Now in its 26th year, the Salem Award Foundation’s board has decided to take on a new name and rebrand itself as Voices Against Injustice.
The major change comes as the nonprofit gets set to honor an organization dedicated to the importance of standing up for truth learned from the 1692 Salem Witch Trials: The Boston-based The GroundTruth Project.”
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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
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.