Film about the Black Empowerment Movement of the 1960’s

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This film, Wilderness Journey: The Struggle for Black Empowerment and Racial Justice within the Unitarian Universalist Association, 1967-1970 which shows interviews of many Unitarian Universalist leaders who lived through those complex times will be re-shown to give an historical context to what is currently going on in the UUA. Discussion will follow the 76 minute film.

Many black UUs—including a young [Bill] Sinkford [immediate past President of the UUA]—left the faith during the “black empowerment controversy” of the late 1960s and early 1970s, feeling betrayed and disappointed with unfulfilled promises of racial justice. Sinkford told the [UUA] board [at their April 2017 meeting], “We are being given yet another second chance this time, and my response of ‘Yes’ to this call was grounded in the hope we would not blow it once again.”