4th Annual Beer Summit on Race Relations: Understanding Race in the Age of Obama
We hope you will join us for our 4th annual MLK365 Beer Summit on Race Relations, a continuing conversation about race in America.
As always, beer will be served, this year thanks to a generous contribution from the Philadelphia Brewing Company. Soft drinks and snacks will also be available, made possible by our gracious hosts at Reading Terminal Market. On-street parking and near-by parking garages are suggested for those who will be driving.
We're excited that Columbia Professor Marc Lamont Hill, who writes a weekly column for the Philadelphia Daily News and serves as a ubiquitous national television commentator, will lead us in our discussion. Kay Yu, who chairs the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, will serve as our moderator.If you are able to join us, please RSVP here, as seating will be limited.
The genesis of our Beer Summit dates back to the summer of 2009 with the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates on the front porch of his own home by Cambridge Police Sergeant James Crowley. The incident took on racial overtones and a national discussion ensued. As a result, President Obama invited the two men to the White House for a meeting over beer to discuss the incident.
At the same time in Philadelphia, we organized our own Beer Summit at a Center City bar for concerned citizens to meet, mingle, discuss race relations, chart a course for ways we can better understand one another and pursue a course of action. That remains our commitment through our summit and the ongoing mission of MLK365.
We hope you will join us on Wednesday, August 1 at 6 p.m.