Excavating Our Roots
Baptist History and the Origins of White Supremacy in the United States
November 10-12, 2022
The Equal Justice Initiative, Montgomery, Alabama
Ticket Price: $50/person
The Alliance of Baptists Invites you to join us November 10-12 in Montgomery, Alabama for a pilgrimage to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum as part of our ongoing efforts to become an antiracist organization. The National Peace and Justice Memorial is the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslavement, lynching, racial segregation, Jim Crow, and police brutality. The Legacy Museum tells the story of how our nation went from enslavement to mass incarceration. Together they provide a more full context of the history of racial violence in the United States and the contemporary manifestations of that violence. Additionally, they help to show how racial violence was and is common in our society. The hope of the museum and the memorial is that if people know what happened and is happening we will be moved to act differently and chart a different course.
The museum and the memorial are the perfect place for us, as a group of progressive and liberation-oriented Baptists, to go as we go deeper into our antiracist work. While we rightfully seek to stand on the right side of history through our actions today, the history of Baptists is one that is intimately involved in our country’s history of racial violence and white supremacy. As Baptists we must reckon with our role in a violent past that continues to shape our future. By visiting the memorial and the museum together we will get the opportunity to sit with that history and imagine new possibilities.
Bryan Stevenson, the visionary behind the museum and memorial, has said that we cannot understand most of life’s important things from a distance, we must get close. As we seek to understand racism and ultimately reject it, and dismantle its oppressive structures, we cannot do it from a distance. We must get close to the stories of people who have suffered the most from its violence and brutality. We must acknowledge the roles of some of our institutions and ancestors, and we must commit ourselves to reparations; renewal, and reconstruction as we chart a new, courageous, and imaginative path. And we must do all of this together, guided by the spirit of God. We hope that you will join us in November so that together we can do this work.
Space is limited. Registration will close on October 21, 2022.
If you sign up for childcare, please note we are working on providing care for ages infant to 6. Cathy McGaughey will be in touch regarding what we are able to provide. If we are not able to find childcare providers and this impacts your ability to attend the gathering, we will refund your fees. You can let Cathy know.
Thursday, November 10
6:00 pm – Beer Garden
Friday, November 11
8:30 AM – Coffee Hour
9:00 AM – Worship
9:30 AM – Break
9:45 AM – Lecture
11:15 AM – Break
11:30 AM – Lunch
12:30 PM – Individual Museum Tour
Evening – Dinner on your own
Saturday, November 12
8:30 AM – Coffee Hour
9:00 AM – Reflection
9:45 AM – Break
10:00 AM -Fishbowl conversation
11:45 AM – Benediction
During programming, we are asking everyone to wear a mask because our community includes immunocompromised folks.
Alexis Tardy is a Minister and Organizing Associate with Children’s Defense Fund. Before returning to Indianapolis in 2020, Alexis led as the Program Director at Faith and For the Sake of All, where she organized trainings and workshops to end racial disparities in Saint Louis. As a consultant for Urban Strategies, she mentored youth and worked with families and community leaders in Ferguson, Missouri. Alexis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in Saint Louis, Missouri. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Womanist Preaching degree at Memphis Theological Seminary. Alexis is deeply committed to justice and Black and Latinx families while working toward equitable communities. She resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her dog KoKo.
Reverend Elijah R. Zehyoue serves as the Co-Director of the Alliance of Baptist. In this role, he is leading them through an effort to become an anti-racist organization. As a historian, theologian, pastor, preacher, and teacher, Elijah is committed to using his many gifts to help people of all walks of life do the head, heart, and soul work required for our collective liberation. He is a graduate of Morehouse College (B.A.) and the University of Chicago (M.Div.), and he is currently a Ph.D. candidate in African History at Howard University where he is writing a dissertation on the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and the Origins of the Conflict in Liberia. Additionally, Elijah teaches African and African American Studies at Georgetown University. Prior to coming to the Alliance, Elijah served on the pastoral staff at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Elijah is originally from Liberia, West Africa and grew up Baton Rouge, La.