“400 Years: How History Fuels My Anti-Racism”

400 years is a long time. In 2019, three years from now, we will mark the 400th anniversary of the first time Africans were brought to this continent against their will. How can anyone possibly process the stunning juxtaposition of systemic oppression of people of color set in the context of expressions of noble democratic ideals? Hugh Taft-Morales shares his personal journey from minimization of this reality, through guilt and humility, to empowerment. Today he begins work on a project to mark the coming 400th anniversary. Come hear how he embraces anti-racism activism in a way that makes his life more meaningful and fulfilling.

Hugh Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. His presence in Ethical Culture has been termed “invigorating.” Taft-Morales lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife Maureen, a Latin American Analyst with the Congressional Research Service, with whom he has three beloved children, Sean, Maya, and Justin.

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