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Wendell Phillips Bicentennial in Phillips

By Harvey Winje

Dave Moore and I, went to Cambridge and Boston Massachusetts in early June to be a part of the Wendell Phillips Bicentennial Symposium, Social Justice: Then and Now.  We were inspired and ready to help plan Alley Communication”'s celebration this Fall near his birthdate, Nov. 29th.  Watch for future announcements.See Dave”'s newest “Spirit of Phillips” cartoon for his report on the symposium.

Symposium Keynote Speaker and Macalester Professor of History James Brewer Stewart will be featured with articles in each of the next four issues of The Alley leading up to that event.  Stewart founded Historians Against Slavery (see as an organization to use lessons from the past to work on the issues of social justice that still need change. His articles will be addressed specifically to issues and cultures affected here in Phillips and published in English, Spanish, and Somali as recognition of Wendell”'s inclusive attitude of all cultures, classes, and nationalities.

We will be using Phillips”'s poignant thought and words as a framework to assess current affairs and as advice to address  injustices today and tomorrow.  We will also continue to remind ourselves of the great pride we may have in our namesake and be proud to live and work in the Phillips Community.

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