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Logan University in Chesterfield, MO to host The NATIONAL JUDICIAL COLLEGE SYMPOSIUM

You are invited to a very special event on Monday, July 16, 2018
at Logan University in Chesterfield, MO.

The NATIONAL JUDICIAL COLLEGE SYMPOSIUM ON
RECONCILIATION AND FAIRNESS IN THE COURTS

This national training for judges is free and is being made available to you as guests of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation which will present the morning session with the panel –

Dred Scott Presents:  Sons and Daughters of Reconciliation.

Lunch is provided and there will be a reception following the afternoon session presented by judges.

We hope you can attend – REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Register online by clicking the following link:
tinyurl.com/njcsymposium2018

If you need help registering, let us know. SEE THE ATTACHED
for program description and details. This is an event of the National Judicial College whose purpose is to provide relevant training to judges across the country.  

Call if you have any questions.

You may receive this in an email blast as well. Please understand
the duplication. This is your personal invitation.

THE HISTORY MUSEUM/ST. LOUIS AMERICAN

ARTICLE FOR THE HISTORY MUSEUM/ST. LOUIS AMERICAN
August 10, 2017 Issue

By Lynne Madison Jackson

Over the last 10 years, the historical foundations and subsequent shaping of our country have been highlighted through a series of events starting in 2007 with the 150th Anniversary of the Dred Scott Decision of 1857.

Close on its heals were re-enactments of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates which coincided with one of the largest gatherings in downtown St Louis, the campaign visit of then future president, Barack Obama. The irony of electing the first Black president on the cusp of the 150th anniversary of that Supreme Court decision deemed the worst decision of all, did not go unnoticed. For many, there was hope in the air and yet even now, we do not have the harmony among the peoples most have longed for. Soon thereafter in 2011, was the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, next year will be the 14th Amendment’s big anniversary – the citizenship or Dred Scott Amendment. We are now looking at the 500th anniversary of the 95 theses posted by Martin Luther this October 2017, which brought clarity to many and still today, confusion among religious faiths looms large. How timely, to have occasions to look back and ask ourselves, where along the journey are we now, in “getting there?”

Three years ago, Ferguson, MO became a household word, not just nationally but globally. Once again, St. Louis will be remembered for a race issue which cannot be ignored but had to be dealt with. After the indignity of the 1857 decision, a civil war was imperative as was predicted by many noted statesmen. After August 9, 2014, with Dred Scott’s resting place only 3 miles from Ferguson, we were made painfully aware that humanity has still many lessons to learn.

On Saturday, August 12, the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation is presenting a current look at where some of us are three years after our cities were once again in the limelight. The Dred Scott 160th Anniversary Festival of Freedom will feature a day long fun, historic and educational opportunity for everyone, young and old. The Foundation has three pillars it promotes: Commemoration, Education and Reconciliation. In collaboration with the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and sponsoring support of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, P.C., we will present an encore panel of five descendants of families whose ancestors greatly impacted the nation’s story around the Dred Scott Decision. From Thomas Jefferson to Jefferson Davis, stories will be shared on how these families are educating for the purpose of reconciliation. This encore panel will surprise and give hope to anyone who is wondering, “how can this work?”

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Kate Taney Billingsley (yes, the same Taney) and the St. Louis Black Rep are presenting her powerful play on what a contemporary meeting of descendants of Dred Scott and Justice Taney might be like.

My presentation on the St. Louis fun facts surrounding history of Dred Scott will include information never before shared.

We will celebrate the fact that Dred and Harriet, although denied in the courts, DID receive their freedom from slavery after helping pave the way for the freedom of millions. With the help of the Blow family who was very instrumental in making that happen, learn more of this inspiring story.

Why do we remind ourselves of history? We have all heard the clichés and quotes, most notably, “ ……..we are doomed to repeat it…….”   But do we even recognize when that is happening? Many wonderful organizations exist in this community to break the cycle of fear, hate, misunderstanding and disunity. As we continue to collaborate, it is our hope to show what happens when we take time out, stop, listen talk and share. I was told by two people, regarding the Taney and Davis families, “I don’t know if I want to meet “those” people.” Did you hear it? Upon sharing with them, a great light came on and a new working relationship was born. We remind ourselves of history so we can create a better future.

We invite you to come hear the contemporary stories of reconciliation and hard work to bring hope and unity to a divided land. Lincoln’s famous House Divided Speech came directly from the Bible in Mark 3:25 “And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand….”. None of us is Lincoln, but let’s do our part to preserve the Union and heal the kingdom in such a time as this.

 

Additional Freedom Festival features and highlight links:

Come one! Come all! Commemorate the 160th anniversary of the historic day when the Scotts received their freedom!

Written by Liz Sharpe-Taylor

The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation in collaboration with the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and with support from Sandberg Phoenix and von Gontard, P.C. are partnering together to commemorate the 160thanniversary of the historic day when the Scotts received their freedom. * On Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Foundation and the History Museum will host a celebration of that little known but monumental day with a series of festivities to recognize the long battle fought by the Scott family to win their freedom from enslavement.

The event will feature several presentations:

  • A play, A Man of His Time, written by Kate Taney Billingsley, a descendant of Chief Justice Roger B.Taney of the Dred Scott Decision, and performed and directed by the St Louis Black Rep;
  • A presentation by Lynne Madison Jackson titled Dred Scott: The History You Never Knew, revealing little known facts about St. Louis’ history and its relationship to the Dred Scott case;
  • A musical composition entitled Freedom Suite, a powerful three-part movement written for the Dred Scott family by Dr. Barbara Harbach, Professor of Music at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, to be performed by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, featuring Alison Harney, Jessica Cheng, Chris Tantillo, Melissa Brooks and David DeRiso.
  • And an encore panel discussion – Dred Scott Presents: Sons and Daughters of Reconciliation. Panelist include the families of Thomas Jefferson, (Shannon Lanier) Peter Blow, Scott’s owners (John LeBourgeois), Dred Scott (Lynne Jackson), Justice Roger B. Taney (Kate Taney Billingsley) and Jefferson Davis (Bertram Hayes-Davis).  Their stories will reveal facts known and unknown facts about how their families are connected to the Dred Scott Decision.

For younger participants, the History Clubhouse will have special Dred Scott activities, and games provided by Anthony Clair, owner of Time 4Fun Events. Children will have the opportunity to learn from the Dred Scott Activity and Coloring Book, written by Lynne Madison Jackson, for the Foundation, supported by Really Big Coloring Books.

In addition, local actors John LaGrone and Peggy Nealy Harris from the Dred Scott Theatre Troupe and the Missouri History Museum’s Civil Rights Exhibit will portray famous characters of the Dred Scott Decision. Local artists Debi Piclkler, and CBABI Bayoc will create inspiring art in the grand hall.

Participating community organizations presenting that day include: Community Women Against Hardship, Father’s Support Center, Covering House, Greenwood Cemetery, Office of the Secretary of State, Really Big Coloring Books, EyeSeeMe African American Children’s Books, Dred Scott Stamp Campaign, Strength to Love Media Project, Time 4 Fun, Young Friends of Dred Scott and the DSHFoundation. * The actual date of the Scott family’s freedom was May 26, 1857

This event was initiated by and is generously sponsored by Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. We express thanks and appreciation to our sponsoring law firm.

The event is free and open to the public.

 

Photo source: mohistory.org/welcome

160th Anniversary of The Dred Scott Decision

The events scheduled in Annapolis, MD for Monday, March 6, on the 160th Anniversary of the Dred Scott Decision presents hope for generations to come.

Click any of the links below to view fast-growing coverage of this momentous event!

http://www.snjtoday.com/story/34647475/historic-healing-reconciliation-160th-annversary-of-dred-scott-decision-monday-march-6-2017

http://www.livewirereporter.com/story/104292/historic-healing-reconciliation-l-160th-annversary-of-dred-scott-decision-l-monday-march-6-2017.html

http://www.trentonchronicle.com/story/115817/historic-healing-reconciliation-l-160th-annversary-of-dred-scott-decision-l-monday-march-6-2017.html

http://www.pressreleaserocket.net/historic-healing-reconciliation-160th-annversary-of-dred-scott-decision-monday-march-6-2017/521625/

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3255806http://www.globaltechnologyreport.com/story/109029/historic-healing-reconciliation-l-160th-annversary-of-dred-scott-decision-l-monday-march-6-2017.html

http://www.kezi.com/story/34647475/historic-healing-reconciliation-160th-annversary-of-dred-scott-decision-monday-march-6-2017

http://www.wfmj.com/story/34647475/historic-healing-reconciliation-160th-annversary-of-dred-scott-decision-monday-march-6-2017

http://www.wktv.com/story/34647475/historic-healing-reconciliation-160th-annversary-of-dred-scott-decision-monday-march-6-2017

http://www.usandcanadareport.com/story/116465/historic-healing-reconciliation-l-160th-annversary-of-dred-scott-decision-l-monday-march-6-2017.html

http://video.wtxl.com/story/34647475/historic-healing-reconciliation-160th-annversary-of-dred-scott-decision-monday-march-6-2017

http://www.marylandnewsdesk.com/story/121078/historic-healing-reconciliation-l-160th-annversary-of-dred-scott-decision-l-monday-march-6-2017.html

https://dredscottlives.org/author/theyhadrights/http://www.michigannewsupdates.com/story/121051/historic-healing-reconciliation-l-160th-annversary-of-dred-scott-decision-l-monday-march-6-2017.html

http://www.mainenewsreporter.com/story/117246/historic-healing-reconciliation-l-160th-annversary-of-dred-scott-decision-l-monday-march-6-2017.html

http://www.phoenixnewsdesk.com/story/114479/historic-healing-reconciliation-l-160th-annversary-of-dred-scott-decision-l-monday-march-6-2017.html

http://www.getnews.info/595501/historic-healing-reconciliation-l-160th-annversary-of-dred-scott-decision-l-monday-march-6-2017.html

http://www.eastcoastsentinel.com/story/105656/historic-healing-reconciliation-l-160th-annversary-of-dred-scott-decision-l-monday-march-6-2017.html

http://www.southcarolina-magazine.com/story/113913/historic-healing-reconciliation-l-160th-annversary-of-dred-scott-decision-l-monday-march-6-2017.html

http://www.kfmbfm.com/story/34647475/historic-healing-reconciliation-160th-annversary-of-dred-scott-decision-monday-march-6-2017http://minnlawyer.com/2017/02/23/dred-scott-descendant-preserves-history/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

160th Anniversary of the Dred Scott Decision
Annapolis, MD Reconciliation Event
March 6, 2017
Contact: Tracey Wagner
traceywagner@justiceunited.org 
Phone:  443-333-9410

The modern-day families of Dred Scott and Roger Brooke Taney were brought together by a work of art.

In May, 2016, the renowned Actors Studio in New York City produced the premier of A Man of His Time, a one act play centered on an emotional meeting of the descendants of Scott and Taney set in today’s time. The playwright is Kate Taney Billingsley, an actor and member of the Actors Studio. The Actors Studio invited Lynne Jackson, the great-great-granddaughter of Dred Scott and Charlie Taney, the great-great-great nephew of Roger Brooke Taney to come to New York to participate in a talk-back session with the audience after the play. Jackson lives in Missouri, Taney in Connecticut.

After meeting in New York, Lynne Jackson and Charlie Taney formed a working relationship. Jackson says; “Only Divine Providence could have set up the Scott and Taney descendant’s first meeting around an amazing play written by a Taney about Scott and Taney descendants meeting for the first time! I had hoped to meet and draw them out over time to build a relationship through the Foundation’s work and they actually contacted me. It was a highlight for me personally and for the Foundation’s 10th anniversary.”

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Jackson is the founder and president of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation in St. Louis and needed help with a strategic plan. Taney consults with non-profits and offered to work pro bono with Jackson on this project. After successfully completing the strategic plan, Jackson invited Taney to Dred Scott Presents Sons & Daughters of Reconciliation, a December 2016 conference in St. Louis hosted by the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation. At this event the Taney and Scott families participated in a public reconciliation. Taney recognized the harm caused to African Americans by the infamous Dred Scott decision authored by Roger Brooke Taney, and formally apologized for the Taney family to the Scott family. In turn, the Scott family formally forgave the Taney family. The result is a new foundation of trust, and a commitment to work together on the reconciliation of black and white America.  Charlie Taney says, “Working with Lynne Jackson and the Scott family on reconciliation has been an important and deeply moving experience. “

Another work of art, the statue of Roger Brooke Taney in Annapolis, is bringing the Scott’s and Taney’s together again. On March 6, 2017, the 160th anniversary of the Dred Scott decision, they will be at the Taney statue in front of the Maryland State House. They are coming together on March 6th for two reasons. First, to reconfirm the reconciliation of the Scott’s and Taney’s, with accompanying apology and forgiveness. Second, to speak against the removal of the Taney statue. Instead, they see an opportunity for reconciliation via the erection of a statue of Dred Scott to stand side-by-side with Roger Brooke Taney, along with an educational display on the Dred Scott decision and its aftermath. And, they will help raise the funds for the Dred Scott statue. The Scott’s and Taney’s believe that Americans should learn from their history, not bury their history.

On the morning of March 6th, a reading of A Man of His Time will be performed.

As President Obama said in his remarks at Reverend Pickney’s funeral after the 2015 Charleston massacre; “Justice grows out of our recognition of each other”.


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Descendants Meet

Descendants of Dred Scott and Roger Taney Meet in New York

May 13 & 14, 2016

Kaitlyn Taney Billingsley and her father Charlie Taney, great-great nephew of the Justice that read the Dred Scott Decision are meeting for the first time. The host is the Actor’s Studio in New York, under the direction of Ms. Estelle Parsons, they play is a realistic fictitious account that Ms. Billingsley conceived could happen as portrayed by the two actors.