Black Lives Matter Summit
Black Lives Matter Summit 2023:
Uplifting Black Youth Through Community Engagement
The summit is co-sponsored by Student Affairs, CUNY BMI, La Casa and Center for the Humanities.
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
James L. Motley
Dr. Maurice Vann
Dr. Kirk “Jae” James
Special thanks to our committee members for their work in planning and executing the Black Lives Matter Summit.
|Rachel Romain, Chair||Multicultural Exchange|
|Kyle Hollar-Gregory, Co-Chair||Social Science|
|Andre Ford||Center for Career & Professional Development|
|Sultan Jenkins||Natural Sciences Department|
|Ryan Mann-Hamilton||Social Science|
|Wendy Nicholson||Office of the President|
|Charis Victory||ASAP Program|
|Henry Welcome||Social Science|
|Donniece Davis||Campus Life|
|Jeffery Batts||Campus Life|