Teach In: The Church & Civil Rights

Teach In: Church & Civil Rights

September 29-30, 2017

Teach In: Church & Civil Rights

September 29-30, 2017

In Partnership with Memphis Center of Urban Theological Studies, Union University, Lane College, and the Memphis Theological Seminary, the intent of the Memphis Teach In is to highlight both the contribution of churches to the civil rights movement and the history of church opposition to civil rights while also focusing on contemporary issues of racial and economic injustice.  The central question is: What should the church be doing today and in the future to end racial and economic injustice?

The National Civil Rights Museum has selected MLK’s last book, Where Do We Go From Here: Community or Chaos, as the theme for the national commemoration.  In this book MLK speaks directly to the church.  

The program will take place over two days with programming at Clayborn Temple and the National Civil Rights Museum.  Program components will include:

  • Paper panels by scholars and students.  Proposal submission accepted until July 30.

  • Keynote addresses from nationally recognized clergy and scholars on the issues of racial and economic justice.

  • Contemporary sermons on modern racial and economic justice issues delivered by Memphis pastors.

  • A Festival of Young Preachers event which features young and emerging preachers, preaching on texts related to racial and economic justice with feedback from mentors.

  • Art exhibit by local high school students related to the theme "Church and the Civil Rights."

  • Performances by local gospel choirs

  • Breakout sessions for participants to plan actionable steps for their churches, schools, and communities

click For the full schedule on September 29 and 30.

Tickets for the two-day event are $50.  Register at https://tinyurl.com/MLK50-Memphis.

Contact Dr. Cicely Wilson at 901-324-2014 ext. 110 or 901-515-6206 or cwilson@mcuts.org.