“The Weight of History”
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and February’s Black History Month, Hugh Taft-Morales will explore the weight of history. In particular he will discuss how the horrific damage done to people and communities of color due to “white supremacy” can practically paralyze many who in theory support campaigns for justice. He will share information about a “400 Years Project” that he is undertaking this year to 1) create and distribute a lightly-annotated list of 400 history books or articles; 2) distribute weekly 400-word blog posts; 3) collect pledges from 400 people to address more actively systemic racism; and, 4) distribute of 400 ways, big and small, to help repair the harm done, whether through forms of public and private reparation or policy that provides resources to descendants of slaves and people of color.
Hugh Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. His presence in Ethical Culture has been termed “invigorating.” Taft-Morales lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife Maureen, a Latin American Analyst with the Congressional Research Service, with whom he has three beloved children, Sean, Maya, and Justin.