Montgomery, Ala. – The Civil Rights Memorial Center (CRMC), a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was pleased to welcome the Blank Slate Monument to Montgomery on Tuesday, April 12 at 11:30 a.m. CST.
Blank Slate: A Hope for a New America is an interactive statue highlighting African American history and the ongoing fight for racial justice. Attendees learned about the meaning and purpose behind the statue as well as experienced a live demonstration of the interactive slate, followed by a Q&A session. An agenda for this unveiling was provided on Mon., April 11.
Featured speakers included:
- Lecia Brooks is the Chief of Staff and Culture at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Lecia also previously served as the SPLC’s outreach director and was director of the SPLC’s Civil Rights Memorial Center.
- Tafeni English is the Director of the SPLC’s Civil Rights Memorial Center, an interpretive experience designed to provide visitors with a deeper understanding of the civil rights movement. Tafeni first joined the SPLC in 1997 as a research analyst for the Intelligence Project. She later served as the first director of Teaching Tolerance’s (now Learning for Justice’s) Mix It Up program, which encourages schoolchildren to identify, question, and cross social boundaries by sitting with someone new in the school cafeteria.
- Morris Sinclair is the Tour Lead and Media Manager for the Blank Slate Monument. Residing in Ghana, he joined the Blank Slate Monument project team from inception, working alongside the artist Kwame Akoto Bamfo and the founders to connect the moving parts of the project. Morris has traveled the U.S. with the monument in order to shed light on the past, present, and future of what the team now calls the Blank Slate Movement.
Watch video below.