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Panel discussion on Race, Racism to be held at Minneapolis Community and Technical College
The killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida has awakened the sleeping giant of race and racism and opened opportunities to safely discuss race, racism and the value of a Black life in an open public forum.
There’s been plenty of media buzz about the recent shooting death of 17-year old Florida resident Trayvon Martin. In Minnesota, there have been marches, rallies and solicitations of support for the murdered teen.
There has also been public outcry about the many unsolved murders in the Twin Cities by law enforcement an unknown assailants that have left some community members in shock over the loss of Black men and children in the Twin Cities with on arrests, no charges.
Why are we protesting for someone 2000 miles away? It’s time to make sense of the value of human life, especially Black males and other people of color in Minnesota. It’s a long overdue conversation.
On Thursday, April 5, 2012 – from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., join students, faculty and staff for a panel discussion titled, “Let’s talk about Race, Racism and the value of a Black life.” The panel event will be at Minneapolis Community and Technical College in the Multipurpose Room in the H-building (H1002), located at 1501 Hennepin Avenue. Parking is available at meters and the ramp adjacent the college ($5).
Thursday’s panel will feature MCTC representatives from the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB), MCTC’s director of public safety, Student Veterans of America who will help facilitate an understanding of current events in simple clarity. This event will include special community panel members K.G. Wilson of Hope Ministries-Charez Jones Wilson Foundation and Ms. Marsha Mayes, the mother of three-year old Terrell Mayes who was murdered in his home in north Minneapolis. Also to talk about the relationship between Blacks and education will be WE WIN Institute’s founder and executive director Titilayo Bediako. Joining the conversation will be African-American, Minnesota 5th Congressional candidate Chris Fields who served in the United States military for over 20-years and has his own views on Twin Cities and it’s political dependence.
SAAB Student Personal Development Chairman and the editor in chief of the Independent Business News Network Don Allen will moderate this event.
This event is free and open to the general public. MCTC students and anyone interested is invited to attend this event. We invite members of the community across the Twin Cities to attend this important discussion.
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