Lecture Series


“Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?”

This year’s series features three social justice luminaries who will inspire and provide workable solutions for moving forward


  • February 1st - Congressman James Clyburn
  • March 10th - Anita Hill
  • April 21st - Rev. Dr. William Barber

ClyburnThursday, February 1st, 7:00pm, Merritt College Gym, 125 Campus Drive, Oakland Hills

THE HONORABLE JAMES CLYBURN - Civil Rights leader, the Honorable James E. Clyburn represents South Carolina’s 6th District in the United States Congress

James E. Clyburn serves as a member of Congress in the United States House of Representatives, representing South Carolina’s 6th District.  His humble beginnings in Sumter, South Carolina as the eldest son of an activist, fundamentalist minister and an independent, civic minded beautician grounded Congressman Clyburn securely in family, faith and public service.  He was elected president of his NAACP youth chapter at 12 years old, he helped organize many civil rights marches and demonstrations as a student leader at South Carolina State College.  Rep. Clyburn is widely recognized as one of our nation’s highest ranking civil rights icons.

Rep. Clyburn began his professional career as a public school teacher in Charleston.  Before being elected to Congress he directed two community development programs and ran a state agency under four South Carolina Governors. In Congress, he has chaired the Congressional Black Caucus, the House Democratic Caucus, and in 2006 became House Majority Whip where he has championed rural and economic development, historic preservation, anti-poverty initiatives, and education.

His memoir, Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black, was published by the University of South Carolina Press in 2015.  It has been described ‎as a primer that should be read by every student interested in pursuing a career in public service.

HillSaturday, March 10th, 7:00 pmOakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland

MS. ANITA HILL - Distinguished Attorney, University Professor of Law, Public
Policy and Women’s Studies, and leading proponent for women’s rights and workforce equity

An attorney and academic, Anita Hill is a leading proponent for women’s rights, and workforce equity. The youngest of 13 children, Anita Hill hails from Arkansas family farmers, her great-grandparents and maternal grandfather, born into slavery. Hill attended Oklahoma State University, then Yale Law School and is now a University Professor at Brandeis University and it’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

Ms. Hill is the author of three books, Speaking Truth to PowerReimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home and a legacy tribute on contributions of the Honorable Thurgood Marshall. She became an attorney-adviser to Clarence Thomas at the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, then at the U.S. EEOC.  Hill later openly testified to Thomas’ workforce sexual harassment history, making her a national figure for women on matters relating to workforce bias and fairness.

BarberSaturday, April 21st 7:00 pm  - Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd, Oakland,

REV. DR. WILLIAM BARBER - President & Sr. Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is Senior Pastor of the Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina, President at Repairers of the Breach, and is a member of the College of Affirming Bishops. Bishop Barber is recognized as architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement that gained national acclaim with its Moral Mondays in 2013. These weekly actions drew tens of thousands of North Carolinians to the state legislature for a series of nonviolent actions of civil disobedience.

Bishop Barber sits on the National NAACP Board of Directors and has served 12 years as President of the North Carolina NAACP, the largest state conference in the South. Bishop Barber is regularly featured in media outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post and The Nation. The Bishop is the 2015 recipient of the Puffin Award and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award. He is the author of Forward Together, a collection of Moral Monday sermons, and the best-selling The Third Reconstruction: How A Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Fear and Division.

RSVP :  Call 510 434 3988.   Co-Produced by Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center and the Peralta Community College District