Truth and Reconciliation Forum
About this Event
“If there is to be reconciliation, first there must be truth.” —Timothy B. Tyson, Author, Blood Done Sign My Name
The Truth & Reconciliation Forum is necessary to help us as a community better understand the divisions, discrimination, as well as similar existing social conditions to those surrounding the Hough (July 18-23, 1966) and Glenville (July 23-27, 1968) uprisings, come to terms with the legacy of our past, and create a safe environment that promotes collective healing. By engaging directly and broadly with the affected members of our community, and allowing individuals a safe space in which to share their individual experiences of suffering and distrust, we are deliberate and intentional in embarking upon a journey to unite our divided community and build a stronger, healthier, inclusive society.
At the forum, a panel of past and present public officials, police officers, and community members will reflect upon the racial uprisings of the period with a lens toward understanding the history of the relationship between the black community and police officers, as well as similar existing social conditions which served as the catalysts for the conflict in both Hough in 1966 and Glenville in 1968. By clarifying the truth about our history, we are able to more fully comprehend and appreciate how these events led to the violence and harm that was suffered by both the black community and police officers, the legacy of which we are still burdened today. It is not our intent to ignore or justify any past actions, only to gain an understanding. This collective truth seeking will enable us, as a community, to better understand the causes of the violence and unrest and ultimately prevent this history from repeating itself.
Additionally–as an example of the power of truth and reconciliation–we will have as guest speakers Andrew Collins and Jameel “Zookie” McGee, co-authors of Convicted: A Crooked Cop, an Innocent Man, and an Unlikely Journey of Forgiveness and Friendship. Mr. Collins and Mr. McGee will share their story of racism, reconciliation, and transformation.