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How standing up for social justice is the way forward, Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharrah Simmons

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Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons
Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons is currently an Assistant Professor of Religion and affiliated faculty in the Women Studies Department. Simmons receivedher BA from Antioch University in Human Services and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion with a specific focus on Islam from Temple University as well as a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. Simmons’ primary academic focus in Islam is on the Shari’ah (Islamic Law) and its impact on Muslim women, contemporarily. Simmons spent two years (1996-1998) living and conducting dissertation research in the Middle East countries of Jordan, Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. The areas of focus for her teaching at this time include: Islam, Women, Religion and Society; Women and Islam, African American Religious Traditions, and Race, Religion, & Rebellion.

In addition to her academic studies in Islam, Simmons was a disciple in Sufism (the mystical stream in Islam) for seventeen years (1971-1986) under the guidance of Sheikh Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyadeen, a Sufi Mystic from Sri Lanka, until his passing. She remains an active member of the Bawa Muhaiyadeen Fellowship and Mosque and student of this great Saint’s teachings.

Simmons has a long history in the area of civil rights, human rights and peace work. She was on the staff of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker peace, justice, human rights and international development organization headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa. for twenty-three years. During her early adult years as a college student and thereafter, she was active with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and spent seven years working full time on Voter Registration and desegregation activities in Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama during the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s.

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E. Scott Osborne, Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival
Andrea Williams, Baseball’s Leading Lady
Alexis Grenell was scheduled to be on the program but due to technical issues, could not participate.

 

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From A Woman’s Point of View: Strong and Diverse Voices, African American Women, and Social Security Works

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Understanding the importance of the voices of African American women as Florida National Organization for Women honors African American women. Kim Porteous, president. Cynthia Harris, Vice Presidentl Robin Harris, Chair of Justice Task Force and co-chair of  the Green Party.

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