On the centenary of the 1921 race amity conference, the American Bahá’í community invites you to participate in a virtual symposium, to be held May 18 - 20, 2021, to reflect on the ongoing struggle for racial justice in our nation. The purpose of this symposium is to invite people from diverse backgrounds to reflect on efforts and possibilities for racial justice. Broadly, this symposium will explore the question of how we create conditions that encourage growing numbers of people to actively participate in efforts to eliminate all forms of racism from our society and thereby enable all its citizens to realize their true potential. The success of such efforts will ultimately depend on our ability to continually invite the participation of more people as partners in a spirit of mutual learning. Toward this end, the symposium will be organized around the following questions which arose through a process of ongoing dialogue with many of the contributors to this symposium and others. Another purpose of this symposium, then, is contributing to the further advancement of this discourse.
How can we foster conditions across this nation to which growing numbers from all racial backgrounds will be attracted to participate in constructive action on a path toward racial justice?
How can we develop language and narratives that welcome and encourage growing numbers of people from all segments of society to embrace the cause of racial justice and play their part, no matter how humble?
In our methods and approaches, how can we advance the cause of justice within a framework that recognizes our interconnectedness as noble human actors and thus values diversity and inclusion?
How can the moral and spiritual roots of human motivation be translated into concrete expressions of constructive agency and practice?
Finally, in light of the preceding questions, what are the distinctive challenges and opportunities of this collective moment in America, and how can it best be seized to reshape social relationships and advance the cause of justice?