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55th Anniversary of Black Manifesto: A Call to Reparations with Jennifer Jones Austin

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of the Black Manifesto.

Join us for an enlightening morning at The Riverside Church on April 27th in 10T or online! Kickstart your day with a selection of coffee, tea, bagels, and toppings available at 9:30 AM.  Then, delve into thought-provoking dialogue and action. Engage in discussions led by Dr. Jennifer Jones Austin and Rev. Thorne, exploring the significance of “Beyond Vietnam” and the “Black Manifesto.”

On Sunday May 4, 1969, black activist James Forman stormed the Chancel of The Riverside Church, demanding that white churches and synagogues pay $500,000,000 in reparations.  Before Forman could begin to explain the reason for the service interruption, Rev. Dr. Ernest Campbell led a silent walkout of the majority of the congregation. This event threw The Riverside Church and the concept of reparations into the national spotlight.

On Saturday, April 27th, we will celebrate the 55th anniversary of this event featuring an interview with Riverside member Hylda Clarke who was there on that day and Rev. Dr. Bob Polk, the first African American on staff at Riverside. Senior Minister Rev. Adriene Thorne will have a dialogue with Dr. Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies and currently point person for implementation of racial justice amendments to the NYC Charter and we will discuss topics like Affordable Housing as Reparations/Opportunities for Engagement. 

Stay connected as we tackle the crucial topic of affordable housing as reparations, with insightful presentations by community partners. Wrap up the session with a call to action and discover how you can get involved in community initiatives.

Don’t miss this chance to deepen your understanding, connect with others, and make a difference for social justice. We can’t wait to welcome you!

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Saturday, April 27, 2024, 10:00 AM

The Riverside Church | 10T & Online
490 Riverside Drive
New York, NY



April 27
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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