Quakers have a wide reputation as having been leaders in the abolition movement, and there were a good number of Quakers that, indeed, faced threats, financial ruin and even risked their lives for the cause. Other Quaker enslavers took longer to be convinced, and some were eventually read out of meeting for enslaving Africans as yearly meetings began taking a stand that those who owned slaves could no longer call themselves members of the Religious Society of Friends.
How are we called as 21 st Century Quakers to stand against racism? Will we, as a Monthly Meeting rise to be leaders in seeking justice and equity for all? How will history tell our stories?