October 28, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Rev. Jim McConnell

The Community Forum for Economic Justice and The South Bend Reparations Working Group are organizing two book studies. Rev. Jim McConnell worked with these groups to plan these sessions and would like to warmly welcome BUUFers (and anyone else who is interested) to participate.

   “A window into the ravages and legacy of racism.”

“Don Ross writes with authority about the heartbreaks and joy of a people in search of freedom.  “Pillage of Hope” is a moving tribute to the decades of long struggle for equality in Oklahoma.”
– Anita Hill, Professor of Social Policy, Law and Women’s Studies, Brandeis University

On Thursday, October 28th 7:00- 8:30 PM, Dr. Alfred Guillaume Jr. will lead a study of the book “Pillage of Hope,” written by retired Oklahoma State Legislator, Don Ross. In his book, The Honorable Mr. Ross recounts what it was like growing up Black in Oklahoma and his work to create a museum to memorialize the 300 Black men and women killed by white mobs in the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Pillage of Hope is a powerful invitation to examine the issue of Reparations for Americans descended from Black Slaves.

On Thursday, November 4th 7:00-8:30PM, Ms. Nimbilasha Cushing and Dr. Marty Wolfson will lead a discussion to examine the emotionally charged questions of Reparations and what is happening on that front right here is St. Joseph County.

To register for the book study of Pillage of Hope, or the Reparations discussion, or both, click here.

* Note: It is not necessary to have read “Pillage of Hope” to take part in the Reparations Discussion.

“Pillage of Hope” Discussion Leader, Thursday, October 28th, 7:00 PM: Dr. Alfred Guillaume, Retired Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Professor Emeritus of French at Indiana University South Bend, and member of the South Bend Reparations Working Group.

“Reparations” Discussion Leaders for Thursday, November 4th, 7:00 PM

Ms. Nimbi Cushing is a founding member and passionate spokesperson for the South Bend Reparations Working Group. She knows well the deprivations of racism. She, along with her many other Life experiences, grew up on a tenant farm where she, as a very young child, picked cotton. She is the author of the book, Come This Way — There Is an Exit.

Dr. Marty Wolfson is an Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. He taught Political Economy for 25 years at Notre Dame. In the years before his retirement, he also taught Peace Studies and was the Director of the Higgins Labor Program. Before coming to Notre Dame, he was an Economist with the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Forum for Economic Justice and a member of the South Bend Reparations Working Group.