The Unity Group of Chattanooga announces the keynote speaker during the Annual MLK Week prayer breakfast will be the Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, Dr. Catherine Meeks.
This year's event will be held at the Greater Tucker Baptist Church at 1115 N Moore Road and will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.
About Dr. Catherine Meeks:
Prior to the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing's opening, Dr. Meeks chaired its precursor, Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.
A much sought- after teacher and workshop leader, she brings four decades of experience to the work of transforming the dismantling racism work in Atlanta. The core of her work has been with people who have been marginalized because of economic status, race, gender or physical ability as they pursue liberation, justice and access to resources that can help lead them to health, wellness and a more abundant life. This work grows out of her understanding of her call to the vocation of teacher as well as her realization that all of humanity is one family which God desires to unite.
Dr. Meeks holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University and PhD from Emory University. She is also the retired Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio -Cultural Studies from Wesleyan College and founding executive director of the Lane Center for Community Engagement and Service. She characterizes herself as a midwife to the soul of her students and workshop participants. She has spent many years sharing the insights that she gained from her pursuit of the truth.
She is the author of six books and one inspirational CD and is the editor of the bestselling book, Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America. The latest work she has co-authored is a critical study of one of Tennessee's and America's unsung heroines, Ida B. Wells, and is entitled: Passionate for Justice: Ida B Wells as Prophet for Our Times (2019).
Donations of $25 for individual tickets or $250 for reserved tables are asked to help cover event and operational expenses. Purchase tickets online via Eventbrite or by calling 364-0351.