WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, Jan. 6, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) will hold a virtual roundtable discussion titled: “Root Causes of the Insurrection: Securing Democracy For All.” As part of a national day of observances and events, the Congressman’s event will feature Ray of Hope Pastor Rev. Cynthia Hale as moderator with a panel of special guests from the faith and public policy disciplines. Ray of Hope is located in DeKalb County, GA.
- Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), who was trapped in the chamber with some of his colleagues when the attack occurred;
- Moderator: Rev. Cynthia L. Hale, founder and Senior Pastor of Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia.
- Panelists: Bishop Reginald T. Jackson of the AME 6th Episcopal District of Georgia; Dean Lawrence Carter, Dean of Morehouse Chapel; Imam Plemon T. El-Amin, Imam Emeritus of Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam; Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser, president of Interfaith Atlanta; Dr. Alan Abramowitz, Political Science Professor Emory University; Rev. Amantha Barbee of Oakhurst Presbyterian Church in Decatur, GA; Dr. William H. Boone, Political Science Professor Clark Atlanta University
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 6, 4-5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Via Zoom: https://ushr.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_Lc4k-E4FTmWTQk8hBoRMMQ and on the Congressman’s Facebook page: facebook.com/RepHankJohnson.
WHY: Last year’s Jan. 6 insurrection was a traumatic event that shook our democracy to its core. January 6, 2021, exposed America’s original moral dilemma — the demon of racism and white supremacy. As the country becomes increasingly multiracial and multicultural, efforts are underway to further destabilize our democracy. The panel, moderated by Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale of Ray of Hope Church, will discuss the root causes underlying the insurrection, and what we must all do in 2022 to counter the ongoing attack on freedom all while ensuring the protection and preservation of our democracy. This is an interfaith and public policy discussion with the goal for everyone in the audience to be inspired to act in 2022. Given that Georgia is a central locus and focus of the national battle for our democracy, this event will be engaging, timely and extremely relevant.