Corey D. B. Walker, a visiting professor of leadership studies and the humanities at the University of Richmond and a former dean at Winston-Salem State University, will deliver the inaugural address for Wake Forest University’s Slavery, Race and Memory Project Lecture Series.
Walker will speak at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 in Kulynych Auditorium in the Porter Byrum Welcome Center. His address is titled “My Skin as a Legacy: Towards an Ethics of Slavery, Race and Memory.” The public and media are invited to attend.
For more than two decades, many universities across the country have been examining the role that slavery played on their campuses. Wake Forest joined the Universities Studying Slavery (USS) consortium three years ago and recently launched its Slavery, Race and Memory Project website.
“It is important to understand the University’s relationship and linkages to slavery because they can and do have implications for today,” said Kami Chavis, associate provost for academic initiatives and co-chair of Wake Forest’s Slavery, Race and Memory Project.
“Unless we reckon with the role that enslaved people had in building not only the physical structures, but also the roles they played in other aspects of the institution, then we are not honoring an accurate depiction of our history.” Kami Chavis, associate provost for academic initiatives and co-chair of Wake Forest’s Slavery, Race and Memory Project
Kami Chavis is available for interviews after Dr. Walker’s address.