May 4, 2019, will mark the 50th anniversary of civil rights activist James Forman’s interruption of worship at The Riverside Church for the inaugural read-out of the “Black Manifesto,” a demand for reparations for African Americans.
This class will recall the Black Manifesto’s context, demands, and impact at Riverside and well beyond, and address such questions as: “Why did Forman choose Riverside to ‘get’ the Manifesto first?” “What are reparations, and are they the answer?” “What can we learn from the Black Manifesto today?” “If we were to write a new Manifesto, what would it include?”
Presenters will include the Rev. Dr. Peter Heltzel, Associate Professor of Theology and Founding Director of the Micah Institute at New York Theological Seminary. In addition to the Black Manifesto, readings will range from the Bible to Ta-Nehisi Coates to statements by candidates for U.S. President 2020.