Racial Equity at Fourth Church

Racial Equity Council at Fourth Presbyterian Church

Fourth Presbyterian Church is committed to breaking down barriers and becoming a more racially inclusive community. Our Racial Equity Council serves as a catalyst in this intentional pursuit of racial equity. As part of their work, the council facilitates training opportunities and plans insight trips.

We invite you to subscribe to our Racial Equity Council newsletter to receive periodic email updates from the council as we all work together to become a more multiculturally inclusive, antiracist church! You can also read our inaugural newsletter.

Racial Equity Council at Fourth Presbyterian Church

The Racial Equity Council: Dionne Braddix; Esmeraldino Celestino; Linda Crane, Co-Chair; Robert Crouch, Co-Chair; Nedra Sims Fears; Deb Ford; Lisa Garay; Sandra Glenn; Michelle Hayes; Cynthia Johnson; Enjolique McCullough Reed; Maggie McGuire; Steve Stanley; Sarah van der Ploeg; and Samantha Woo, with clergy staff Vicky Curtiss and Nanette Sawyer; Abbi Heimach-Snipes as resource staff

Insight Trip on the Civil Rights Movement

October 26–November 2, 2019

This trip will take us on a journey through the Deep South as we learn the history of the civil rights movement. We will bond with other participants and ancestors of faith by hearing powerful stories of the freedom struggle for African Americans. We will be inspired by resilient heroes and hare in daily reflection and prayer.

Under the leadership of Robert Crouch, Director of Volunteer Ministry; Vicky Curtiss, Associate Pastor; and Derrick Dawson, Co-Program Coordinator for Chicago Regional Organizing for Antiracism (CROAR) we will learn together, address racism and oppressionm, and build interracial relationships.

Places we will visit include

  • Birmingham: Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park, 16th Street Baptist Church

  • Montgomery: Freedom Rides Museum, Legacy Museum, National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Rosa Parks Museum, Civil Rights Memorial, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church

  • Selma: National Voting Rights Museum, the Slavery and Civil War Museum,
    the Edmund Pettus Bridge

  • Jackson: Mississippi Civil Rights and History Museums, Medgar Evers Home Museum, State Capitol

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For More about the Racial Equity Council

Contact Nanette Sawyer, Vicky Curtiss, or Robert Crouch

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