This Month in Human Rights
and Social Justice
|The upcoming events and dates below are opportunities for all of us to recognize and remember those who speak out and take action to alleviate discrimination, promote tolerance, and achieve justice for victims of
May 2-3 Mass Poetry Festival Event
at Salem Witch Trials Memorial
Participants in the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, held annually in Salem, are invited to join us at the Witch Trials Memorial for a morning of quiet contemplation on Bearing Witness to Injustice. Select poems from the mornings will be published on the SAF's website. Learn more about Massachusetts Poetry Festival.May 2
; May 3
, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Salem Witch Trials Memorial
Charter Street, Salem
May Dates to Remember
May 1-31 Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month
A rather broad term, AAPI encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. The AAPI community still struggles to break stereotypes that have limited equal opportunity.
In 2009, President Obama signed an executive order that restored the White House Initiative on Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities to address concerns in those populations. Learn more.
This year, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center continues to expand the celebration with museum events, groundbreaking arts gatherings, and innovative digital projects. This year's theme, #APAEverywhere
seeks to increase awareness of the Asian Pacific American population and engage people throughout the United States via social media. May 17 Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
The Supreme Court rules on the landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas,
unanimously agreeing that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional, and paving the way for large-scale desegregation. The Brown decision overturns the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson
ruling that sanctioned "separate but equal" segregation of the races, ruling instead that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." It is also a victory for NAACP attorney Thurgood Marshall, chief counsel for the plaintiffs, who would be appointed the first black justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, in 1967.
The Brown decision provided momentum to the civil-rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Learn more.
May 21 World Day for Cultural Diversity
for Dialogue and Development
Three-quarters of the world's major conflicts have a cultural dimension. Bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and development. To this end, the U.N. declared May 21st as World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development in 2001. Learn more
One very small thing can become a global action if we all take part. Do ONE thing for diversity and inclusion on May 21st, like visiting an exhibition about a different culture or going to a place of worship different from your own. Visit the Do One Thing Facebook page
Coming in JuneJune 4 Contemporary Lessons from the Salem Witch Trials
Stacey Tilney, Salem Witch MuseumJune 11 What the Salem Witch Trials Memorial Means
Margo Shea, Assistant Professor of History, Salem State University June 18 Human Rights and Homeland Security
Paul Tucker, State Representative and Former Police Chief June 25th Human Rights and Social Justice on Campus
Dr. Patricia Meservey, President, Salem State University
For directions to the Salem Witch Trials Memorial and more information about these and other events sponsored by the Salem Award Foundation, please visit salemaward.org.
Annual Bridget Bishop LectureWitches and Doctors on Trial:
the Diagnosis of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-century England
Professor Donna Seger, Chair of the Salem State University History Department, will discuss how beliefs and practices in England informed the events of 1692.
Held each year on June 10th, the execution date of the first of 20 witch trials victims, this lecture is sponsored by the Witch House, which generously donates all proceeds from this event to the Salem Award Foundation. Learn more.
7:00 pm at First Church in Salem, Unitarian
316 Essex St., Salem, MA
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