Racial Justice Weekend celebrates 50th anniversary of ‘I have a dream’ speech

Dr Martin Luther King Junior’s famous freedom speech will be the focus for this year’s Racial Justice Weekend at St Jude’s Church, Mapperley on 7th September and in Southwell Minster on the 8th September.

The event is organised by Equality and Diversity Officer of Southwell & Nottingham Diocese, and co-ordinator of the Rainbow Project, Dianne Skerrritt. She said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to engage and worship in a diverse manner. We are excited to welcome these honoured guests on this auspicious occasion. I think Dr King himself would appreciate some of the positive changes in the UK towards the acknowledgement of our diverse community. “

Keynote speaker on the Saturday will be Deidre Sheahan, Associate Solicitor with Paragon Law, Head of Paragon’s Asylum and Human Rights Team, and she will talk about the impact of welfare changes. Workshops include the work of Refugee Futures; the work of the Interfaith Council; destitution and homelessness. Domestic violence in faith communities will addressed by an interactive drama called ‘Someone prayed’ by Millo Services.

Sunday’s service in the Minster at 6pm will feature renowned preacher The Revd Dr Rosalyn Murphy, Incumbent of St Thomas’ Blackpool. American born Dr. Murphy serves on the Archbishop’s Council and is the only female Black priest to preside over a large Church of England congregation in the UK. She has extensive experience in planting multi-cultural churches and is an Honorary Biblical Scholar at the Queen’s Foundation and an Honorary Tutor in both Old and New Testament with Cumbria University.

Worship will be provided by Freddie Kofi, award winning UK singer- songwriter and independent recording artist; The Rainbow Choir; the National Liturgical Dance Network UK; and Gospel Choir, Chariots of Joy.

Workshops start at 10am until 3.30pm – lunch included. A £5 contribution is requested or free to the unwaged.