Audri Scott Williams, Global Peace Walker, returns to Howard Community College on March
18, 2015 to engage the Howard Community College community in a collective experience of the Beloved Community,
grounded in the Spirit of Ubuntu (a South African humanist philosophy meaning
the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity): I AM BECAUSE WE ARE, and, Dr. King's Beloved Community as a global vision in
which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. "In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will
not be tolerated. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit
of sisterhood and brotherhood."
There will be a 45-minute lecture on the concept of the Beloved Community from Josiah
Royce (American philosopher 1855-1916) to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (leader of the modern American Civil Rights Movement)
and the humanist philosophy of Ubuntu as popularized by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former President of South Africa, Nelson
Mandela. The lecture will also provide an opportunity to relate the goals and philosophies of the Beloved Community and Ubuntu
to current challenges facing our communities today. The lecture will be followed by a 45-minute healing circle to engage the
critical minds, passion, and imagination of participants to affect a sense of renewal of the Howard Community College’s
Audri Scott Williams was the Vision Keeper leading the Trail of Dreams World Peace Walk over 6 continents (2005-2009),
and the 13 Moon Walk 4 Peace across America to over 50 communities (2010-2011). She has received numerous awards for her service
to humanity, including the Presidential Certificate of Merit from President Bill Clinton. She holds a Masters in Liberal Arts
from Naropa University, a BA in Criminology from the University of Tampa, with post graduate studies at Harvard University,
University of Maryland, and American University. She is a woman of considerable intellectual and professional accomplishments.
She served as the Interim Global Indigenous Coordinator for the United Religions Initiative (2013-2014) and was the co-convener
of the Hidden Seeds Global Indigenous Gathering in Northern California (2014); she is currently a trustee on the Global Council
of URI; an Apprentice with the WorldWide Indigenous Science Network where she escorted indigenous wisdom keepers around the
world; a former Dean of Instruction at the Institute of Divine Wisdom in Atlanta, Ga.; and former Dean of Continuing Education and Community Service at
Charles County Community College.