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Wed, Dec 13



Silencing White Noise: Six Practices to Overcome Our Inaction on Race

Join us in this free webinar hosted by American Baptist Churches of the Rochester/Genesee Region as we discuss with author Willie Dwayne Francois III his book, "Silencing White Noise: Six Practices to Overcome Our Inaction on Race."

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Silencing White Noise: Six Practices to Overcome Our Inaction on Race
Silencing White Noise: Six Practices to Overcome Our Inaction on Race

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Dec 13, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM



About the event

As Dr. Francois writes in the introduction to his book, "A more insidious white noise distracts us into perpetual sleep meant to safeguard the status quo of racism. I categorize the racist ideas, speech, silence, and misrepresentations that protect and perpetuate Whiteness as white noise. When I discuss Whiteness in this book, I am not referring to skin color but rather to conscious or unconscious deference to unfounded notions of White superiority," (p 13-14).  The book may be purchased through Brazos Press or Amazon in paperback, ebook, or audiobook form. It is recommended, but not necessary, that you read the book prior to this webinar.  

This webinar is part of ABCRGR's priority on anti-racism. Click here for more.  

Willie Dwayne Francois III serves as Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Pleasantville, New Jersey and President of the Black Church Center for Justice and Equality—a national think tank and policy advocacy organization. New York Theological Seminary appointed Francois as the Director of the Master of Professional Studies Program at Sing Sing and Bedford Hills Correctional Facilities and Associate Professor of Liberation Theology. His second book, titled Silencing White Noise: Six Practices to Overcome our Inaction on Race, was released August 2022 through Brazos Press. Francois' pastoral activism takes shape around racial equity, economic justice, and criminal justice reform. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Religion, holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and earned a Doctor of Ministry from Emory University. He serves as a commissioner of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of the New Jersey State Department and national co-chair of the Social Justice Commission of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Francois co-authored the book Christian Minister’s Manual: For the Pulpit and the Public Square for All Denominations—the most progressive and comprehensive clergy resource and the first interdenominational manual written for Black clergy in 56 years. He also has bylines in HuffPost, The Hill, Religion Dispatches, Sojourners and The Christian Century concerning a range of matters pivoting around race, class and religion in America.

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