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Origins of Our Constitutional Rights, a Collaborative Lecture Series with New Canaan Museum and Historical Society, Focuses on the 13th Amendment: The Abolishment of Slavery and Involuntary Servitude
February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
In partnership with The New Canaan Museum & Historical Society, New Canaan Library presents the third in a six-part lecture series that explores the origins of specific constitutional rights. February’s lecture will look at the Thirteenth Amendment and will be presented by the Right Reverend Doctor John L. Selders, Jr., an ordained minister serving in the United Church of Christ. The lecture takes place on Thursday, February 20, at 6:00 p.m., preceded by light refreshments beginning at 5:45. Please register for the lecture online at newcanaanlibrary.org; all lectures must be registered for individually.
Bishop John Selders will speak on the Thirteenth Amendment, which declares the abolishment of slavery and involuntary servitude in the United States. Bishop Selders’ exploration of the amendment will be followed by a screening of The 13th, a 2016 documentary by Ava DuVernay which explores the “intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States”.
The Right Reverend Doctor John L. Selders, Jr. is an ordained minister serving in the United Church of Christ, the Organizing Pastor of Amistad United Church of Christ, Hartford, CT, former Associate College Chaplain and currently Assistant Dean of Students, Trinity College,
Hartford, CT and one of the leaders of Moral Monday CT. For 15 years, he served Executive Director of Zezzo House (an 18-unit housing project) in Hartford, CT.