Black Lives Matter Summit

Black Lives Matter Summit 2024

April 16, 2024

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Upcoming Events

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Planning Committee

Special thanks to our committee members for their work in planning and executing the Black Lives Matter Summit.

NameDepartment
Rachel Romain, ChairMulticultural Exchange
Kyle Hollar-Gregory, Co-ChairSocial Science
Allia Abdullah-MattaEnglish
Ayoka Christopher-SkinnerASAP Program
Andre FordCenter for Career & Professional Development
Sultan JenkinsNatural Sciences Department
Ryan Mann-HamiltonSocial Science
Wendy NicholsonOffice of the President
Sonia RodriguezEnglish
Ingrid VerasNatural Sciences
Charis VictoryASAP Program

Sessions

Pre – BLM Summit Kickoff: Coming to Understand Latino Anti-Black Bias

BLM Summit Kickoff: Uplifting Black Youth Through Community Engagement
This year we welcome James L. Motley as our Keynote Speaker. James’ passion, ambition, and drive are exemplified by his motto “speak not only to the mind of man but also the heart.“ Being incarcerated from the age of 17-25, James has committed to serving people throughout his community and beyond. James’ commitment and dedication to transforming people at a crossroads in their lives are incomparable. Currently providing Motivational Speaking to those in corporate businesses, colleges, youth programs, and non-profit agencies, he provides a common sense approach to living a successful, satisfying, professional, and personal life.

Exploring the Narrative Film “Weep Not” and the use of Art in Our Black Communities
On April 25th, we welcome Cheray O’Neal (award winning actor, writer, producer) of the film ‘Weep not’ to our student-oriented event addressing issues of injustice that impact Black lives. Participants will preview Ms. O’Neal’s narrative film and explore how creativity may be utilized to fight against injustices in Black Communities. Q&A to follow the screening.

Content of film may be emotionally challenging.

The Different Faces of Blackness
The African diaspora referred to individuals and their descendants from West and Central Africa who were enslaved via the Atlantic slave trade. The purpose of the African diaspora is to encompass persons from other parts of the World. Despite the common heritage, the relationship among these peoples is not without strife. Please join us for a poignant and informative webinar.

Violence Facing the Black Community
In light of the murder of Tyre Nichols, we intend to explore the effects of targeted violence in African American communities, specifically towards young men and women of color. Furthermore, we seek to highlight the experiences of queer and trans youth of color, who disproportionately experience it.


2023 Guest Speakers

Tanya Hernandez

Tanya Hernandez

James L. Motley

James L. Motley

Cheray O’Neal

Cheray O’Neal

Earl O’Brien

Earl O’Brien

Maria Delongoria

Maria Delongoria

Judi Anderson

Judi Anderson

Dr. Maurice Vann

Dr. Maurice Vann

Tiffany McFadden

Tiffany McFadden

Dr. Kirk “Jae” James

Dr. Kirk “Jae” James

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