“The Freedom Series” is designed to teach tolerance through the personal testimony of those who have experienced extreme instances of intolerance.
January, 29, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y. — Local human rights organizations and faith communities have joined together to produce “The Freedom Series,” designed to teach tolerance through the personal testimony of those who have experienced intolerance. Two of the three speakers will present their personal stories of racial oppression and genocide. The final speaker will provide a live, online overview of hate and extremism on the Internet. The events are free and open to the public.
At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, the Presbyterian Church in Geneva will host focus on the civil rights movement in America. Lu Lu Westbrook-Griffin will tell the story of her arrest at the age of 13 while protesting at a whites-only movie theatre in Americus, Georgia. She and 32 other young girls were imprisoned in a stockade from the Civil War era for 45 days. Photos of this event, known as the “Leesburg Incident,” reached President Kennedy, resulting in the federal release of many others being held for civil rights activities across America.
At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 24, at St. Stephen's Church on Pulteney St. Geneva, The Roman Catholic Community of Geneva will host a presentation by a Holocaust survivor who will share the experience of living through the Nazi implementation of the “Final Solution” in Eastern Europe.
On a date to be determined in late April or early May, Temple Beth-El on South Main St. in Geneva will host “Hate on The Internet,” a presentation by the New York Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of B'nai B'rith. The ADL is internationally respected for its documentation of civil and human rights violations.
The series is co-sponsored by the Geneva Area Interfaith Council, the Geneva Human Rights Commission, and the Human Rights – Genocide Forum of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The entire series is being funded through a Nathan A. Meyer Scholarship provided by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith.
For more information call Dan Hennessy at (315) 789-8069.