During this year's notable anniversaries of both the Emancipation Proclamation (1863) and the March on Washington (1963),Dubuque's celebration of the UN International Day of Peace will connect these civilrights struggles to the culture of violence today and the need to build nonviolent alternatives.
Events are scheduled for both Sept. 20 and Sept. 21.
On Friday evening, Sept. 20, Rev. Phillip Lawson will speak on "Nonviolence in the Cause of Justice Today." This FREE event will be held at the Alumni Center Ballroom, Loras College, at 7 p.m. Lawson has been a leaderin civilrights from his participation in the defining events ofthe 1960s to his work bringing the lessons of this activism to today's movements for equality and social justice. He will bridge the legacies of the past with the ongoing need to transform today's culture of violence into one of nonviolence.
Saturday, Sept. 21 will feature Patti Miller reflecting on "Keeping History Alive: Passing the Torch" at the Jansen Music Hall, Clarke University, at noon. This is also a FREE event. Miller is a 1964 Freedom Summer participant and former staffer with Martin Luther King,Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Currently a trainer for the state of Iowa on "Race,the Power of an Illusion",she is dedicated to helping people break down their stereotypes about one another. Miller is also nearing completion of a documentary on the Freedom Summer. Lawson will respond to Miller's presentation, and they will then both engage in dialogue with the audience.
From 2 -- 6 p.m.,the Dubuque Human Rights Commission and other sponsors will host "This is How We BBQinDBQ" across the street in Clarke's Kehl Center. Free food, live music, games and presentations will provide an opportunity for engaging with many cultures in an atmosphere that promotes community pride and unity. Sponsors include American Trust and Savings Bank, Clarke University,the Diamond Jo and Mystique Casinos, Dubuque Police Dept. and Auxiliary Police, DuTrac Community Credit Union, The Jule, Omega Psi Phi and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternities, NAACP and Sustainable Dubuque.