February 2021 Webinar - Black History / White Memory


You’re invited to a Virtual Roundtable Discussion, hosted by the Office of Race Relations. Join us on Tuesday, February 23 at 12:00 pm EST for this FREE webinar event.

Topic: Black History / White Memory

Our discussion panel for this webinar will feature Rev. Reggie Smith, Dr. Eric Washington, and Eric Nykamp, with a focus around the question: 

Why do white people and Black people remember the history of racial injustice so differently?

Through the hour-long conversation we trust you will learn the importance of seeing History from perspectives other than your own and arouse a curiosity in the collective story. 

Click here to register for this FREE webinar and please share the link with any interested colleagues you know.

About the panelists:

  • Rev. Reggie Smith currently serves as the Director for Diversity at the CRCNA. He served as Director of the Offices of Race Relations and Social Justice from 2016 to 2020. Before coming to denominational work, he served as co-pastor of Northside Community CRC in Paterson, NJ for almost two years. He was pastor of Roosevelt Park CRC in Grand Rapids, MI from 1994 to 2015. Reggie enjoys meeting new people and traveling to new locations to notice the hand of God at work in the world. He is also an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. 
  • Dr. Eric M. Washington is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of African & African Diaspora Studies Program at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Mich. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Africa Network, a nonprofit consortium of liberal arts colleges committed to literacy about and concern for Africa in American higher education. In terms of his research interests, he is completing a book manuscript on African American Baptist missionaries in Africa from 1820-1920. In addition, he has a growing interest in the intersection of African literature and African history. He has presented papers on the works of Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Adichie and their engagement of history.
  • Eric Nykamp is an antiracism educator with CORR (Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation) and producer for the Antioch Podcast: Conversations About Biblical Anti-Racism. He is a staff person at Madison Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. and a member of their church’s antiracism team. He also is an accomplished musician and artist, and enjoys cooking and traveling with his wife and kids whenever there isn’t a global pandemic.

Join us online Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm EST

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*This is a registered event (a unique Zoom link will be sent to you before the event). The webinar will be recorded and available for On Demand viewing to registered attendees following the live presentation.

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