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November 13, 2017

Confronting Racism in Our Hearts and in Our Nation

A Dahlgren Dialogue

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The events in Charlottesville and the continuing signs of racial injustice in our nation call for a recommitment to confront racism and bigotry. This unique and urgent conversation explored the role of religious faith and pursuit of the common good in resisting racism. Speakers addressed the following questions and issues: 

  • where we've been, where are we now, and where we need to go as a nation and as people of faith in combating racism and bigotry; 
  • religious, civil, and moral values that should guide the choices facing the American people and leaders at this time of division, responsibility, and opportunity; 
  • institutional, personal, and spiritual steps to overcome racism, prejudice, and privilege.

The Dialogue began with prayer and reflection led by Rabbi Rachel Gartner and was moderated by John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown.

This Dahlgren Dialogue was co-sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry and the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University and was organized in partnership with the Democracy Fund.


Representative John Lewis is a U.S. representative (D-GA) and an iconic leader of the Civil Rights Movement.

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta is a leader in the African-American and Catholic community and served as a past president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

Dr. Marcia Chatelain is associate professor of history and African American studies and a member of the Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation at Georgetown.

Rev. Jim Wallis is president of Sojourners and the author of America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America.