Beyond the Rhetoric: Civil Rights & Our Shared Responsibility

In conjunction with the Chapel’s 50th Anniversary and commitment to furthering social justice nationally and internationally, this two-part event series examined different understandings of and approaches to furthering human rights and civil liberties in the United States.  

The fall 2021 virtual lectures explored both the historical contexts and contemporary conditions surrounding LGBTQIA+ rights, Indigenous perspectives on the concepts of human rights, immigrants’ rights, and economic and racial justice in America. The spring 2022 virtual symposium then examined how individuals, grassroots initiatives, and policy makers can work together to create a more equitable future, and covered the following topics: freedom of speech, the future of civil rights, public health and civil rights, reimagining policing and prisons, sustaining activism, voting rights, and organizing for change.

Series questions included: How have civil rights historically been understood and applied in this country? Who benefits from current civil rights, and who has been left out? Which civil rights and liberties are particularly at-risk today? How can we become more effective advocates and activists as we work to address injustice and create an equitable society? How can we rethink our approaches to the concept of rights, responsibilities, and civil liberties? And how can we sustain our passion for social justice and long-haul activism?

View the summary report of these programs and experiences, highlighting each of the events presented, key topics to explore and actions to consider in furthering civil rights.

Undewriting Support for the Rothko Chapel's 2021-2022 Program Season was provided by Gayle and Mike DeGeurin, Cristy and Michael Jadick, C.C. Lee, Sonja Earthman Novo, Christina and Troy Porter, Elsa Ross, Robin and Andrew Schirrmeister, and Sarita Tennant. Thank you for your support!

2022 Virtual Symposium | Beyond the Rhetoric: Civil Rights & Our Shared Responsibility
Thursday, March 31 2022, 3 PM

Join us for a virtual convening March 31 - April 1, 2022 with seasoned and emerging social justice leaders to explore critical intersecting civil and human rights issues.

Defending & Advancing the Rights of Immigrants
Wednesday, October 13 2021, 6 PM

Charles Kamasaki, Senior Cabinet Advisor of UnidosUS and Sister Norma Pimentel, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Rio Grande Valley discussed immigrants' rights in the US and Texas.

American Indian Worldview and the Concept of Rights
Thursday, September 30 2021, 6 PM

Tink Tinker and Dina Gilio-Whitaker engaged in dialogue moderated by Suzanne Benally exploring the concept of rights for the American Indian people.

The Struggle for Equality: LGBTQIA+ Rights
Wednesday, September 8 2021, 6 PM

JoDee Winterhof, Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs at Human Rights Campaign & Adri Perez, Policy & Advocacy Strategist for the ACLU of Texas discussed the state of LGBTQIA+ rights in the US and Texas.

Our Moral Obligation: Ensuring the Dignity of All
Thursday, July 22 2021, 6 PM

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, President & Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival, addressed his perspective on US civil rights through a moral and faith-based lens.