THUNDER BAY – The upcoming 2017 Ken Morrison Lecture with Thunder Bay Imam Hikmatullah Sherzad would have delighted Ken. Since his death in 2010, these memorial lectures have engaged topics such as the limits of toleration, humanity’s viability, Aboriginal – Non-Aboriginal relations, guaranteed annual income, and the need for belief. This year, Imam Sherzad challenges us in his talk entitled Personal Responsibility In A Time Of ‘Public Chaos’.
Sherzad has said that we must speak truth to power with wisdom and not let wisdom be a cover for our cowardice. His talk intends to explore how we can navigate through times of public chaos, times that can “completely consume our individual responsibility to ourselves and our community.” Sherzad serves as the Imam for the Thunder Bay Masjid and the internal communications coordinator for the Racialized Young Professionals Network of Thunder Bay.
Ken Morrrison spoke firmly and frequently on the “Big Issues and Hard Questions of our Time”. He believed that personal responsibility is an essential attribute to modern life. He showed his commitment to helping others less fortunate than himself. When Ken felt an issue was important, he’d try to do something about it and he’d go right to the top.
Ken was an activist before the word was invented. Discussions such as these were his daily bread. He remained a political and social activist throughout his life and volunteered for many community organizations.
The 2017 Ken Morrison Lecture presented by Imam Hikmatullah Sherzad takes place at Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute, 333 High Street on May 12th from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Admission is free, and donations are gratefully accepted. For more information call 344-7845 or 683-3016.