The Byron & Christine Johnson Lecture/Discussion Series
Local Poet Dominique Christina Johnson shared her thoughts on being a female writer in a lecture entitled, “Insisting on the Center,” her presentation reflecting the 2013 theme,Â A Black Woman Speaks.
|Â 2013 Series
Roy and Phyllis Cayetano visited the “I Have a Dream Monument” in City Park, after having traveled all the way from Belize in Central America to present “The Garifuna: From St. Vincent to Belize.” Â Their presentation reflected the 2012 theme,Â Displaced Communities.
|Â 2012 Series
Dr. Rachel Harding was a guest speaker for the Johnson Lecture/Discussion Series multiple times. Â This year her topic was “Brazil: Â Meanings of Nationhood in Afro-Brazilian Candomble.” Â The 2011 theme wasÂ Feeling the Spirit: Diasporic Identities in the Americas.
|Â 2011 Series
Jon Perdue (left) presented his one-man play, based on his experiences in Americus, Georgia during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Â He is pictured above in dialogue with Denver Activist Brother Jeff Fard, who spoke at the Johnson Lecture Series the previous year. Â The 2010 theme was Casting our Cultural Shadow.
|Â 2010 Series
Thomas DeWolf (left) spoke onÂ Inheriting the Trade: Hidden Truths about the Legacy of Slavery, the book he wrote about his family’s legacy in the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Â Beside him isÂ Harold Fields, who has also spoken at the Johnson Lecture Series. Â The 2009 Theme wasÂ Ushering in a New Era.
|Â 2009 Series
Dr. Ramon Del Castillo, Chair of Chicano/a Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, assessed legacies of the Chicano Movement in his presentation “Fallen Heroes: Old and New Legacies.” Â The 2008 theme was History, Heritage, & Hope: Celebrating Ten Years.
|Â 2008 Series
Quilter Mary Lassiter (right front) displays one of her creations at a lecture entitled, “Indigo & Bottle Trees/Quilts & Sweetgrass Baskets.” Â The 2007 Theme wasÂ The Water Brought Us: Â Gullah History & Culture.
|Â 2007 Series
Noted Historian Dr. Vincent Harding, spoke on Mahatma Gandhi, a figure included with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the “I Have a Dream Monument” located in City Park. Â The monument was the creation of Denver Sculptor Ed Dwight. Â The 2006 theme of the Johnson Lecture/Discussion Series wasÂ The African Diaspora: The Return.”
|Â 2006 Series
Thie above image was captured by Photographer Tony Gleaton, whose photos reflect a Black presence in Mexico. Â This one entitled, “Son of Yemaya,” was displayed during Gleaton’s lecture entitled, “Deconstructing Africa’s Legacy in Mexico, Central, and South America.” Â The 2005 Theme wasÂ The African Diaspora.
|Â 2005 Series
During his lecture, New York Author William Loren Katz presented a slide show based on one of his most popular works,Â Black Indians: Â A Hidden Heritage, Â The 2004 Theme wasÂ Linkage & Legacy.
|Â 2004 Series
Bina Sharif presented her one-woman play, “Women in Modernity: Â Afghan Woman,” which she wrote following September 11, 2001. Â Her performance reflected the 2003 Theme,Â The Storyteller/The Griot.
|Â 2003 Series
Lalo Delgado (above) was one of several poets performing at the lecture entitled, “Tribute to Rodolfo ‘Corky’ Gonzales.” Â Gonzales established the organization, Crusade for Justice and the school Escuela Tlatlelolco was founded out of that organization. Because this was the first Â year that the lecture/discussion series was offered as a college course, it was also given a theme. Â The 2002 Theme wasÂ Rhythm, Resistance, & Renewal.
|Â 2002 Series
In the above photograph, Dr. Glenn Morris (center) joined drummers from the Escuela Tlatlelolco at the tribute to Corky Gonzales held the following year; however, he established himself at the Johnson Lecture/Discussion Series this year, when he led a panel on “The Legacy of Columbus.”
|Â 2001 Series
Byron Johnson spoke at the lecture entitled “The WayMaker Project” in 2000. Â This was also the year when his name was added to the Johnson Lecture/Discussion Series.
|Â 2000 Series
Carlotta Walls LaNier spoke on her experiences as one of the nine students who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.
|Â 1999 Series
â€œIn the Front Range, there is no better source of current information on race relations than the annual Byron & Christine Johnson Lecture Series. At the start of each year, the guest speakers inspire us to think of, and strengthen, our local inter-racial community.â€
Frank Young, Teacher
Denver Public Schools
â€œThe lecture that stayed on my heart for a long time was the one on Women in the Struggle [March 2002]. The two women from Corky Gonzalesâ€™ school [Troylynn Yellow Wood and Nita Gonzales] gave me a newer sense of commitment to my own heritage.â€
Bennie Williams, Member
Park Hill United Methodist Church
â€œWhat stands out for me about the lecture series is that itâ€™s a presentation of issues and subjects that you wouldnâ€™t hear about anywhere else. Itâ€™s just tremendous.â€
Ruth Steiner, Member
First Unitarian Church
â€œThe lectures opened up a whole new world for me because we discussed areas that I never really knew anything about. It was a big help for me in what Iâ€™m trying to do.â€
Barbara Nichols, Director
African American Heritage Camps
â€œThe lectures I enjoyed the most were the ones on Frederick Douglass and Black Indians, Frederick Douglass [January 2004] because I enjoyed studying him in conjunction with Dr. King, and Black Indians [February 2004] because I hadnâ€™t known anything about that history. Also, it was good to be in a space where you could learn from people of different ages. As a student, when you see elders coming in asking questions, it brings a whole new perspective to things.â€
Cheâ€™ Chandler, Student
Metropolitan State College of Denver