The 2008 Presidential campaign and the landmark election of Barack Obama forever changed the discussion of race in America. From Senator Reid’s recent controversial remarks to former Governor Blagojevich saying he is “blacker than Barack Obama,” the conversation of race in politics remains at the forefront of American consciousness. To reflect on the status of race in America, political journalists and thought leaders Gwen Ifill, Michele Norris and William Baker will lead a discussion called “Enter the Conversation” on Thursday, February 18th at 8 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, located at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan.
Ifill, moderator of PBS’s “Washington Week” and the 2008 Vice Presidential debate, and Norris, host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” and the 2009 recipient of the National Association of Black Journalists’ Journalist of the Year award, will discuss racial issues that range from the mainstream to the hidden conversations of race that are rarely discussed in public arenas. William Baker, President Emeritus of WNET.org, will moderate the discussion.
“We are thrilled to have such a distinguished group of participants come to engage in one of the great conversations of our age under the roof of this great Cathedral,” stated The Very Reverend Dr. James A. Kowalski, Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.
“Enter the Conversation” is part of an ongoing series of programs at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine that encourages individuals to become more involved in their communities and be agents of positive social change.
Tickets are available for $15 each and can be purchased at www.stjohndivine.org.