Our network

Emory University Hosts Conference Series to Discuss Slavery, University Begins | Community Spirit

Title (Max 100 Characters)

Emory University Hosts Conference Series to Discuss Slavery, University Begins
Emory University Hosts Conference Series to Discuss Slavery, University Begins

EMORY -- Recently, Emory University hosted their first-ever conference called “Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies”. This conference was sponsored by Emory’s Transforming Community Project (TCP) which is a program that “seeks to mobilize individuals in every sector of Emory University in a reflective, fact-driven engagement with the University’s history and current experiences of race, gender, sexuality and other forms of human difference at Emory and beyond”.

This conference was a convergence of representatives and scholars from more than 30 schools across the nation and beyond. During the conference, students participated in panels about topics that included: Pro-Slavery Thought, Anti-slavery Thought and Activism and Colleges and Emancipations.

The conference also featured a talking circle with descendants of enslaved and slave-owning families, participants also conducted a wreath-laying at the gravesite of Cathrine “Miss Kitty” Boyd, a slave owned by Emory’s first board of trustee’s chairman.

This conference received mixed emotions from the press concerning the fact that past member(s) of Emory University's trustee board had previously owned slaves, however, President James Wagner, said in a statement, “"...Emory regrets both this undeniable wrong and the university’s decades of delay in acknowledging slavery’s harmful legacy. As Emory University looks forward, it seeks the wisdom always to discern what is right and the courage to abide by its mission of using knowledge to serve humanity."