Category: Racial Reconciliation

Simple Lessons for Reconciliation

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Reconciliation Dinner Shreveportby Marion Marks


Black&White_togetherThis evening’s 
Reconciliation Dinner in Shreveport will recognize citizens who were chosen because of contributions they made in spirit as well as demonstrated success in community racial reconciliation. “Rising Voices” (younger citizens who have made significant efforts to encourage the spirit of reconciliation) as well as some deceased citizens whose lives appropriately fit this description were also recognized. The deceased Shreveporters who blazed a path in our community and worked to create a better environment are referred to as “Pioneers.”

Learning about contributions of Pioneers who facilitated change that improved the lives of all citizens and the quality life for Shreveport requires that we learn from history. Current leaders and rising voices, our best hope to effect change in the future, live in the shadows of these Pioneers.

An immediate take-away from this event is to recognize that lessons we teach to our youngest children come alive in the images of those who seek change. Sunday School lessons should resound with the necessity of honoring the Golden Rule and respecting the rights of others. Simple truths that adults easily forget too often go without proper notice as adults over focus on material Read more

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Shreveport – We Are Not an Island

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by Marion MarksReconcilliation-tagged

Discordant race relations dominate many Shreveport contract discussions, economic development, politics and conversations about the general state of affairs in Shreveport. Hearts and minds change slowly, survival and protection of self-interests determine who gets what and how much. The lesson “Follow the Money” seems to be the constant – everywhere. Demographers eagerly point to data demonstrating why it should be clear to all that Shreveport is measurably shrinking, while demands for limited resources continue to grow.

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Comparing Shreveport to other southern cities working through racial tensions becomes more difficult to explain to educated critics because other cities have equally compelling and unique stories. One well documented success story is Charleston, South Carolina, where, following tragedy,  the calm and tempered work of determined activists is exemplified in their Reconciliation program, based on the Nat Fuller Dinner. This historic concept originally held in Read more

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