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The Erasing Hate Tour Asks Why We Hate Each Other
Contact: Zach Kincaid, Erasing Hate, 478-284-2098, zkincaid@erasinghate.com 

MEDIA ADVISORY, Jan. 15 /Christian Newswire/ -- Touching down in twenty cities across the U.S. in February and March, the Erasing Hate tour will offer an opportunity to discuss the questions of why we hate and how we can love. The presentations will be free and include lectures and discussion led by authors and activists.

“In a country divided by lines of every kind, from where we live to where we go to church, from how we vote and where we eat, Erasing Hate is a call to open up and talk about these things,” said tour organizer Zach Kincaid, “both at these events, through small group studies, and through the website.”

“Erasing Hate is about addressing our bigotries that we often tailor-make in order to feel better about why we dislike someone or a certain group.”

The tour begins in Nashville on February 8 with a discussion about Will Campbell’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement. The tour concludes in Atlanta on March 29 with a discussion led by Walter Fluker of Morehouse College, the alma mater of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The timing of the tour is on purpose,” Kincaid said. “This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Slave Act in England, and there is a major film being released in middle February to tell the story of William Wilberforce, the person who led that campaign that abolished slavery in the British Empire. We hope to point out, among other things, that slavery has not gone away. Modern-day slavery is a huge problem, and one that we sometimes exploit by our purchasing behaviors – often without knowing it.”

The Erasing Hate tour will primarily be hosted in major bookstores with the exception of Memphis being held at the National Civil Rights Museum and St Louis in a downtown church. Cities include Washington DC, New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Portland, Los Angeles, Rochester, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Scranton and Philadelphia.

“Participating in change is difficult,” Kincaid added, “especially when the changes are personal. Erasing Hate is asking for that kind of gut-check. That’s why alongside the presentations of various titles and emphases, we have designed studies for small groups to download and use and an open invitation essay project that asks what ‘neighbor’ and ‘neighborhood’ really mean.”

For a complete list of tour dates and other resources go to www.erasinghate.com.  The tour is an effort of The Matthew’s House Project (a 501c3 organization) in coordination with Baker Publishing Group. It hopes to also raise awareness about the work of Justice for Children International which works to get children out of slavery worldwide.