Jamestown, N.Y. – On what would have been his 95th birthday, February 20, 2022, legendary actor Sidney Poitier is the subject of the Sunday 10:30 a.m. virtual service of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ).
YWCA Jamestown’s Director of Social Justice and Race Equity Alize Scott is the special speaker for this service during Black History Month. Her message is “Race and Representation: Honoring Sidney Poitier.”
Scott will examine the ways in which Black people have been portrayed and represented throughout history and presently and how celebrated actors like Poitier pushed past these white limitations.
The talk relates most closely to the first of the seven Principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote: the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
Alize Scott is a native of the Jamestown area. She is a recent graduate of the University at Buffalo, earning her master’s in American Studies with a concentration in African American history. She received her undergraduate degree from UB in 2019, jointly majoring in Communication and Sociology with a double minor in Spanish and African American Studies. She hopes to use her knowledge and new position at the YWCA to bring educational opportunities to the community around various social and racial justice issues.
For those who are interested, an optional virtual coffee hour in breakout rooms follows the service.
Because of COVID-19 concerns, UUCJ Sunday services have remained virtual instead of returning to 1255 Prendergast Avenue. Anyone is welcome to participate with the link at UUJamestown.org/calendar.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown is a progressive, liberal religious community serving the southern tier of Western New York and Warren County, Pa. The UUCJ’s mission is to promote and provide a community where diverse people of all ages may explore the meaning of existence, give expression to liberal religious values, and work for a just, sustainable society.