Lecia Brooks, outreach director at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., will speak on the issue of combating hate groups during a free public program at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Fine Arts Center at Viterbo University in La Crosse.
“When Hate Is Close to Home — the Rise of Hate Groups and How We Can Stop Them,” is the title of Brooks’ address, hosted by the Religious Studies Department and La Crosse Interfaith Shoulder to Shoulder Network.
Brooks, who travels the globe to counter hate and extremism and celebrate people’s differences, leads the center’s outreach initiatives to advance social justice. She has nearly a decade of experience in diversity advocacy training for corporations and nonprofits, including Walmart and Lyft.
Brooks also is director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, an interpretive center designed to help people understand the civil rights movement.
Driftless Voter Coalition reps will be available to help people register to vote. The nonpartisan coalition sponsors the Every Vote 2018 Campaign.
LISSN collaborates with other groups to support diverse justice and peace events, with a special focus supporting Muslim neighbors and educating the greater La Crosse community about Islam.
Sponsors also include the La Crosse Community Foundation’s June Kjome Justice and Peace Fund, the Robert and Maureen Freedland Fund for Holocaust Studies and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Light refreshments will be served.