Reverend Sharon Washington Risher: Activist and Speaker

Reverend Sharon Washington Risher was catapulted into the limelight after the Charleston, South Carolina shooting at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015. Her beloved mother — the church’s sexton — Ethel Lee Lance, was killed along with eight others, including two cousins and a childhood friend.

Since that horrific tragedy, Sharon has been very outspoken about the nation’s gun laws and is one of the national spokespersons for the grassroots advocacy groups Everytown and Moms Demand Gun Sense. Audiences nationwide are saying that Reverend Risher’s talks are incredibly powerful, emotional, riveting, raw and authentic, and each of her talks cover her personal experience losing loved ones to gun violence, race, racism and hate in America, as well as the path to forgiveness and an offering of hope for tomorrow. 

Part of the Rozsa's Van Evera Distinguished Lecture Series and the "Social Justice Lecture Series" are in coordination with The Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Wednesday, February 21 at 7:30 pm

Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931

Event Type

Arts and Entertainment, Academics, Lectures/Seminars, Social, Cultural

Target Audience

General Public


Presenting Series



No Charge as part of the Rozsa's Van Evera Distinguished Lecture Series

Visual and Performing Arts, College of Sciences and Arts, Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Host ?

Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Contact Phone Number

Ticketing Office: (906) 487-2073


Recent Activity

Alyssa Cullen

Alyssa Cullen left a positive review 2/21/2018

I did not like the new way of screening questions. I really think we should go back to the privious way of having microphones up front, it engages the audience better and makes for a generally better Q&A

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