SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – In celebration of Black History Month the Spring of Hope Church in Springfield will hold it’s annual Lift Every Voice Lecture Series, designed to raise critical issues that affect society and to offer solutions. Rev. Talbert W. Swan, II shared more about the upcoming lectures.
5th Annual Lift Every Voice Lecture Series
The Lift Every Voice Lecture Series is designed to raise critical issues that affect society and to offer solutions. During the series we will also highlight the contributions of African Americans, showcase talent and engage in constructive dialogue that will serve as a catalyst for positive action.
Spring of Hope Church
35 Alden Street, Springfield
Monday, February 9th – 6:30PM – Clifton Davis; “Strength for the Journey: Succeeding Against the Odds”
Clifton Davis is a minister, singer, songwriter and actor. Star of long running televisions shows “That’s My Mama” and “Amen,” Davis also penned the song “Never Can Say Goodbye,” which was made famous by the Jackson Five. Davis won a nomination for a Tony Award for his Broadway performance of “Two Gentlemen of Verona and also starred in Broadway productions “Apple Tree” and “Hello Dolly.” He has guest-starred on several television sitcoms and hosted a show on TBN. He is a motivational speaker who enjoys helping others and bringing hope and prosperity into their lives.
Tuesday, February 17th – 6:30PM – Debby Irving; “The Reality of Racism and the Impact of White Privilege”
Debby Irving has worked since the 1980s to foster diversity, inclusiveness, and community-building. She has both a passion for cross-cultural collaborations and an awareness of the complexities inherent in cross-cultural relationships. She has worked in public and private schools as a classroom teacher, board member, and parent. Debby is author of the landmark book “Waking Up White: which was described by author and social commentator Tim Wise as “a brutally honest, unflinching exploration of race and personal identity, told with heart by a truly gifted storyteller.” Debby is graduate of the Winsor School in Boston, she holds a BA from Kenyon College and an MBA from Simmons College. A racial justice educator and writer, Debby works with other white people to transform confusion into curiosity and anxiety into action. As her husband, Bruce, likes to say, “It couldn’t have happened to a whiter person.”
Tuesday, February 24th – 6:30PM – Domingo Guyton; “The N Word from Slavery to Hip Hop”
Domingo Guyton is an Adjunct Professor at Springfield College-Boston Campus and Worcester State University, Guyton is well rounded in African American History and how relates to the current hip hop generation. Earlier years of Guyton’s life were documented in two books, Jackie Waldman’s Teens With The Courage To Give, which aired on Oprah in May 2000 and Barbara Metzler’s Passionaries. The producer of over 200 songs, his music has appeared in several TV shows and movies, including MTV & Paramount Pictures’ Spring Break Lawyer, CBS’s 90210, NBC’s Just Deal and ABC’s Lincoln Heights. For six years he was the drummer for Grammy® award winning group Tavares. The producer and director of three award winning films: Lest We Forget: The Black Holocaust, My Slave Sister Myself and YTF, which won five awards since 2013.
To learn more about the series visit LEVoice.org.