“Relief and rebuilding are not color blind.” – Rev. John Vaughn
Philander Smith College, an historically Black undergraduate school, teams with Auburn to discuss the phenomena of “disaster capitalism” — when local communities reeling from tragedy are often exploited for labor, while wealthy interests otherwise profit. This event comes in the wake of hurricane season, and is in anticipation of the the ongoing havoc related to climate change in our world. It is also meant to address the pressing needs of the most marginalized who are often impacted by disaster.
Rudy Rasmus is a Houston-based pastor, humanitarian, author, and faith leader, who’s known as “Beyoncé’s pastor,” because of Tina, Beyoncé, and Solange Knowles’ support of his St. John’s Church in Downtown Houston. Joining Pastor Rasmus will be Catherine Flowers, from Houston’s Bread of Life ministry program.
Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, Ph.D., is president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, a private, independent foundation. West-Scantlebury’s work focuses on economic development; education; and economic, racial, and social justice. Before coming to Little Rock, Dr. West-Scantlebury served as the founding director of the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, which was established post hurricane’s Katrina and Rita.
Rev. John Vaughn is executive vice president of Auburn Seminary. Before joining Auburn, Rev. Vaughn led the Twenty-First Century Foundation’s Gulf Coast recovery and rebuilding efforts.
Roderick L. Smothers, Sr., Ph.D ,14th president of the college, as well as students and community from the Philander Smith College area.