This week and next, Atlanta joins cities including Boston, Chicago, Washington and Miami in holding events to address "Lincoln's unfinished work of race, justice, and equality of opportunity."
2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the Georgia Humanities Council, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and over 20 other Atlanta area organizations, including the University of Georgia Press, will act as co-conveners of the Atlanta events.
An all-day leadership forum on Wednesday, December 2 at Morehouse College will feature Dr. Orville Vernon Burton, author of The Age of Lincoln, and panelists including media professionals Rebecca Burns (RAGE IN THE GATE CITY), Sachi Koto, Alexis Scott and Judith Martinez-Sadri; Spelman College president Beverly Tatum; and poet Kevin Young.
A public conversation at the Carter Center on Wednesday, December 9 at 6 pm will feature keynote speaker Dr. Stephen L. Carter, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University and author of the novel Jericho's Fall. Panelists will include mayor Shirley Franklin and Manisha Sinha, Associate Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (and a series editor for our Race in the Atlantic World series).
Register here to attend this free town hall event and join other greater Atlanta community members in a discussion of the "unfinished work" yet to do regarding race in our city.