Why 1618? The Need for the 1619 Project

This Sunday, we conclude our exploration of the Touchstone theme of “justice” and look forward to Black History Month in February. In this context, we welcome history professor Richard MacMaster to our Fellowship’s pulpit, where he will discuss “The Need for the 1619 Project.” Sue Boone serves as worship associate, and James Chase provides our story for all ages. Our Chalice Choir sings under the direction of Tane’ DeKrey.

Richard MacMaster is a long-retired history professor. He earned a doctorate at Georgetown in 1968, writing a dissertation on the United States, Great Britain and the Suppression of the Slave Trade to Cuba. In his first teaching job at Western Carolina University in 1969 he introduced a course in African-American history and has continued to be interested in that field, although he has mainly focused on eighteenth-century America, especially economic and religious trends and immigration.

He was a consultant for many years for the Ulster=American Folk Park, an outdoor museum of immigration from Northern Ireland.

He has been the coordinator for Gainesville’s Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice since 2012 and was co-founder of Welcoming Gainesville and Alachua County in 2016.

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