HSU Symposium focuses on James Simmons

Hardin-Simmons University is hosting an on-campus symposium, Tuesday, Nov. 10 and Thursday, Nov. 12.

Tuesday’s event is a re-enactment of a talk by Dr. James Simmons. The re-enactment will take place at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the campus gravesites of Simmons and his wife and son.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, faculty member Kelvin Kelley and former faculty member Travis Frampton will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Woodward Dellis Hall.

James Barlow Simmons, a Baptist minister in New York who donated money to save a fledgling college in Abilene, chose to risk approval and acceptance by his powerful white friends and speak up against racial injustice and race-based hatred. Kelley and Frampton will speak on Simmons’ words, “I did speak…” Their expertise, perspectives, and friendship will allow for an open dialogue of race and deep-dive into the Simmons’ narrative.

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