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Byron Rushing: The Problem of the Twenty First Century — W.E.B. DuBois Address
February 17, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
A brief political and theological reflection on Du Bois’s famous line a 118 years later.
• Byron Rushing served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1983 to 2018. He came to the House with a background in community organizing and Afro-American history. In the legislature, Byron’s priorities were human and civil rights, and the development of democracy; local human, economic and housing development; and housing and health care for all. He was the House Majority Whip. Byron was a leader of the Commonwealth’s anti-apartheid efforts and a sponsor of the Commonwealth’s twinning relationship with the Province of the Eastern Cape in South Africa. He has sponsored a host of legislation concerning public health, Gay and transgender civil rights as well as a spokesman against the restoration of the death penalty. Born in New York City, Byron has lived in Boston since 1964. During the 1960’s he was active in the civil rights movement–working for CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) in Syracuse, NY–and as a community organizer for the Northern Student Movement in Boston. A conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, he performed his alternative service for two years at the Rochester (NY) General Hospital. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge and he is a popular speaker and preacher on the ministry of all the baptized and on politics and faith. Byron has worked for and with community-based organizations–for greater political participation and against neighborhood debilitation. He continues his work to increase the understanding of the history of poor and working class people.
music by Tem Blessed