Lessons Learned from the TJ Ball

Our member, retired minister Barbro Hansson, looks back to the 1993 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association in Charlotte, North Carolina, where a ball was planned at which people were invited to dress in costumes representing the time of Thomas Jefferson. Black Unitarian Universalists asked, “And what should we wear?”

Barbro, then not yet a minister, was a member of our Fellowship and president of our Unitarian Universalist district, the no longer extant Thomas Jefferson District. She was not among the planners of the ball. But as president of the district hosting General Assembly, she was part of the group of leaders finding a way forward after this gaffe.