Keynote Address for the 2015 Witness Palestine Film Festival
Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Rev. Hagler is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, with full standing in The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is the Immediate Past National President of Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice (MRSEJ).
During his ministry, Rev. Hagler’s work has been that of empowerment and opposition to the forms of racism that grip our society. He has campaigned to protect citizens from unconstitutional and illegal police practices and to safeguard democratic participation in the election of black political leadership. In the 80’s, he led the Free South Africa Movement to force divestiture of dollars from the support of the Apartheid system. He served on the Steering Committee of United for Peace and Justice, working to oppose aspects of U.S. foreign policy that the group believes contribute to war and aggression. He participates in the work of African Americans for Justice in the Middle East and North Africa and has co-signed the 2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine.
This event is co-sponsored by Christians Witnessing for Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace
Held Thursday, September 24, 2015 at The Historic German House
Guest Speaker: Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler, Senior Minister, Plymouth Congregational UCC, Washington, D.C.