Amazing Grace Discussion (Friday, January 18th, 2008)

What would it take to change the world? The Manitou Intentional Learning Community Presents Amazing Grace, a movie chronicling the story of William Wilberforce and the abolition of slavery.

The film stars Ioan Gruffudd (Black Hawk Down), Albert Finney (Erin Brockovich), Romola Garai (Vanity Fair), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Benedict Cumberbatch (Hawking), Rufus Sewell (Legend of Zorro), Ciaran Hinds (Rome) and introduces Youssou N’Dour.

Join us for a discussion of this movie as a mirror for our own lives and times.

Friday, January 18th 2008
St. Andrew’s Place @ 7 p.m.
Discussion leader
Dr. Carolyn Morado

“. . . some of the old issues are being played out in new arenas and times require us to try differently. . .”

Discussion Leader Dr. Carolyn Morado has had a distinguished career as an educator and social activist. She worked for twenty-five years as a teacher and school administrator in Ann Arbor Public Schools. She chose to work with children of colour “too often poorly served by the public schools.” She has also taught early childhood courses at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.

Carolyn is a member of the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Since retirement, Carolyn has become active in the anti-war movement in Ann Arbor. More recently she has joined the Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative because “more African-American men are in prison than in college.” She notes that this “only underscores the need for a renewed focus on race. Some of the old issues are being played out in new arenas, and times now require us to try differently, rather than harder. It seems to me that this is what Wilberforce did in Amazing Grace.”

We welcome Carolyn to lead our discussion of this provocative, challenging movie.

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