Oklahoma City University Hosts Social Justice Symposium

By Rod Jones Modified: February 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm •  Published: February 21, 2013
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University will host a symposium on social justice titled “Justice for All: Systemic Approaches to Social Justice” March 8 and 9. The symposium is open to the public and will be held in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel next to N.W. 23rd Street between Kentucky and Blackwelder avenues. Registration is $75 and includes lunch each day.

“Justice for All” will explore systemic approaches to social justice in local, national and global contexts. Focusing on challenges and opportunities facing students, community leaders and social and cultural organizations, the symposium will explore effective ways for creating community-based programs and partnerships to address social injustice.

The featured speakers are Walter Earl Fluker, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership at Boston University School of Theology and the editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project; Terry Bergdall, CEO of the Institute of Cultural Affairs in Chicago; Seva Gandhi, program development director of the Institute of Cultural Affairs; and Robin Meyers, senior minister at Mayflower Congregational UCC Church and professor of rhetoric at Oklahoma City University.

Fluker was the founding executive director of the Leadership Center and the Coca-Cola Professor of Leadership Studies at Morehouse College. His prior academic experience also includes professorial and administrative positions at Vanderbilt University, Harvard College, Dillard University and Colgate-Rochester Divinity School. He has served as a visiting professor and scholar at Harvard University, the University of Cape Town in South Africa, Columbia Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary. His recent publications include two volumes of a multi-volume series titled “The Papers of Howard Washington Thurman” — volume one is “My People Need Me” and volume two is “Christian, Who Calls Me Christian?” He also wrote “Ethical Leadership: The Quest for Character, Civility and Community.” He is completing a manuscript titled “The Ground Has Shifted: Essays on Spirituality, Ethics and Leadership from African American Moral Traditions.”