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Annual Salzman Lecture

Hidden in Full View: Confronting the Legacy of Racism in the Age of Fracture
Dr. Charles Chavis, Jr., Speaker

Dr. Chavis is the Founding Director of the John Mitchell, Jr. Program for History, Justice, and Race at George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution.  He is also an Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and History, and serves as Director of GMU’s African and African American Studies program. 

He is a historian and museum educator whose work focuses on the history of racial violence and civil rights activism and Black and Jewish relations in the American South, and the ways in which the historical understandings of racial violence and civil rights activism can inform current and future approaches to peacebuilding and conflict resolution throughout the world.

Dr. Chavis is the author of The Silent Shore: The Lynching of Matthew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State, from Johns Hopkins University Press, January 2022, and the editor of For the Sake of Peace: Africana Perspectives on Racism, Justice, and Peace in America (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020).

Dr. Chavis was joined by the Rev. Terrance M. McKinley to help lead the discussion.
Rev. Terrance M. McKinley is the Director of Campaigns and Mobilizing at Sojourners. He currently serves on the ministerial staff at Reid Temple AME Church where he launched the Moral Agenda Summit hosted at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, and helped design and launch the congregation’s Commission on Social Action. He is an Alum of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he earned his bachelor’s degree and holds Honors, and of Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ, where he earned his Master of Divinity Degree.