President Ces Butner called our Civic Thursday Zoom meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. noting this is the 5,332nd meeting in our 111-year-old Club and invited us to recite our vision statement.
Rotarian Tristen Connor gave us the thought of the day on the first anniversary of sheltering in place.
Alex Kaffka, the co-chair of the Speech Contest Committee, announced that Oakland Rotary will be sending its Interact students to the North Regional Speech Contest. Alex also noted that the real success this year was the dramatic improvement of speeches thanks to mentoring from Oakland Rotarians over a six-week period.
Robert Kidd introduced today’s speaker, Eric Foner. A Professor of History at Columbia University and noted author of 25 books, his book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. His latest book is The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution. Robert discussed the Reconstruction and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution and how they resonate today.
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