Africana Studies to Co-Host Panel Discussion on Black Lives Matter Movement

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By Tom McLaughlin

The Africana Studies program at Rutgers University–Camden and the Lawnside Historical Society will co-host a panel discussion on the Black Lives Matter movement from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18.

The event, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be held in the Multipurpose Room, located on the main level of the Campus Center.

The panel, comprised of attorneys, civil-rights activists, clergy, and law-enforcement officials, will explore manifestations of anti-black racism in New Jersey and the surrounding areas, as well as offer practical strategies for dismantling discriminatory practices and policies.

“The tragic deaths of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and Samuel Dubose invite a continuing conversation about the status of black lives, and particularly black males, in America,” says Keith Green, director of the Africana Studies program and an associate professor of English at Rutgers–Camden. “The complicated contexts of their murders warrant a discussion of the role of law enforcement and the judicial system in the maintenance of racial privilege and the fight for equal rights.”

Complimentary copies of Harper Lee’s classic book To Kill a Mockingbird will be provided by the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts, a 2015 grantee of The Big Read.

For more information, contact Keith Green at (856) 225-6601 or keigreen@camden.rutgers.edu.

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