A dynamic, community lecture series
The Barbara Lee & Elihu Harris Lecture Series promotes an ample exchange of ideas to help inspire and move forward new leadership and sergeantship. All lectures present civil rights leaders who worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and who continue to work tirelessly for social change.
In partnership with Peralta Community College District, the series recognizes the social justice vision, leadership and accomplishments of Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Elihu M. Harris.
ANITA HILL, Saturday March 10, 2018, Oakland Marriott Hotel
“Anita Hill changed the conversation on workplace bias and harassment…she unleashed a wave of women running for office.” The SFChronicle, April 2017.
An attorney and academic, Anita Hill is a leading proponent for women’s rights, workforce equity, and feminism. The youngest of 13 children of Albert and Erma Hill, Anita Hill hails from Arkansas family farmers, her great-grandparents and her maternal grandfather, born into slavery. Hill attended Oklahoma State University, then Yale Law School where she graduated with honors and is now a University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s Studies at Brandeis University and a faculty member of Brandeis’ Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
Hill is the author of three books, Speaking Truth to Power, Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home and a tribute to Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice who preceded Clarence Thomas, titled A Tribute to Thurgood Marshall: A Man Who Broke with Tradition on Issues of Race and Gender.
She became an attorney-adviser to Clarence Thomas who served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, then worked for Thomas when he became Chairman at the US EEOC. Hill later openly testified in Senate Confirmation hearings to Thomas’ workforce sexual harassment history, making her a national figure for women speaking truth to power on matters relating to workforce bias and fairness.
REVEREND DR. WILLIAM BARBER, Saturday, April 21, 2018, Allen Temple Baptist Church
The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is Senior Pastor of the Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro, North Carolina, President and Senior Lecturer at Repairers of the Breach, and a member of the College of Affirming Bishops. Bishop Barber is also architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement that gained national acclaim with its Moral Monday protests in 2013. These weekly actions drew tens of thousands of North Carolinians and other moral witnesses to the state legislature. More than 1,050 nonviolent protesters were arrested for acts of civil disobedience.
A highly sought after speaker, Bishop Barber has keynoted hundreds of national and state conferences, including the 2016 Democratic National Convention; “Shock the Heart of America”. He has spoken to a wide variety of audiences including national unions, fraternities and sororities, motorcycle organizations, gang banger, drug dealer redemption conferences, women’s groups, economic policy voting rights LGBTQ groups, environmental and criminal justice groups, small organizing committees of domestic workers, fast food workers, Christians, Muslims, Jews, atheists and others.
Bishop Barber served 12 years as President of the North Carolina NAACP, the largest state conference in the South. He sits on the National NAACP Board of Directors.
A former Mel King Fellow at MIT, Bishop Barber is currently Visiting Professor of Public Theology and Activism at Union Theological Seminary and Senior Fellow at Auburn Seminary. He is regularly featured in media outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post and The Nation. Bishop Barber is the 2015 recipient of the Puffin Award and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award.
He is the author of Forward Together (Chalice Press), a collection of Moral Monday sermons, and the best-selling The Third Reconstruction: How A Moral Movement Is Overcoming The Politics Of Fear And Division (Beacon Press).
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Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-09) is a forceful and progressive voice in Congress, dedicated to social and economic justice, international peace, and civil and human rights. Elected in 1998 to represent California’s 9th Congressional District, Lee formerly served in the CA State Assembly and the CA State Senate. She is the immediate past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and former co-chair of the Progressive Caucus.Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-09) is a forceful and progressive voice in Congress, dedicated to social and economic justice, international peace, and civil and human rights. Elected in 1998 to represent California’s 9th Congressional District, Lee formerly served in the CA State Assembly and the CA State Senate. She is the immediate past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and former co-chair of the Progressive Caucus.
Elihu M. Harris served as Mayor of Oakland for two terms, from 1991 to 1999. He was a 12 year member of the California State Assembly, during which time he authored the historic 1981 legislation designating Dr. King’s birthday a California state holiday. Mr. Harris received an MA in Public Policy from UC Berkeley and law degree from UC Davis. He served as Chancellor of the Peralta Community College from 2003 to 2010.