Turner will present the Butler A. Jones Lecture
Nina Turner, revolutionary politician from Ohio and former co-chair of Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign, will present “The Hook-Up: How Race and Class are Soulmates for Life” when she gives Butler A. 2022-2023 of Ohio Wesleyan University. Jones Lecture on Race and Society.
Turner will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 in Room 301 of OWU’s Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Free entry.
“Very few relationships are forever, but in the case of race and class, they’re locked in a steamy love affair,” Turner said of his presentation. “The nature of this connection is rooted in human struggle.
“The genesis of this struggle, whether racial or class, is based on a system designed to exploit the masses of struggling people and force them to choose one over the other,” she said. declared. “Whereas the reality is that racial solidarity and class solidarity are inextricably linked.
“We will explore how these two forces will always be lifelong kindred spirits and how we can bear witness to how our collective efforts to dismantle race and class inequality and inequality can transcend current systemic failure and give birth to a new world.”
Turner made history in 2005 as the first African-American woman to represent Ward 1 on the Cleveland City Council, and again in 2008 as the first African-American woman to serve as a state senator in the 25th district of Ohio.
She earned an associate’s degree from Cuyahoga Community College and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cleveland State University. Turner is also a former assistant professor of history at Cuyahoga Community College.
The Butler A. Jones Ohio Wesleyan Conference was established in 1995 in honor of Jones, Ph.D., a former college professor. Contributing to the quest for equality between races, Jones submitted 10 briefs to the United States Supreme Court in cases involving equal treatment of all citizens. The annual conference is organized by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Social Justice Program at OWU.
Learn more about the lecture series and the department at www.owu.edu/soan.
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