How do we "live beyond" social trends such as hanging a Black Lives Matter sign in our yards or homes? What are people and communities currently doing to fight and advocate for Black lives?
Join this important discussion beginning Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 12 p.m. ET US (UTC -4) to contribute your thoughts and hear from our panel, including:
- Kristian Jones, PhD, University of Washington School of Social Work
- Lorrie King, MPH, Emory University MDP program, Director of Special Projects, Romero Institute and Lakota People's Law Project
- Joshua Griffin, The Carter Center, moderator
May 25, 2022, marked the two-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. In the days following Mr. Floyds' death, the world witnessed millions of people take to the streets protesting for Black lives and the world echoed with slogans like "Say His Name" or "I Can't Breathe."
As the years have passed, so has the trend of supporting Black lives. In two years, the world has moved on from millions of people protesting the killing of George Floyd to cities painting over Black Lives Matter murals and focusing on other newsworthy events like the war in Ukraine. The frustration of rights advocates has been exacerbated by political failures such as the inability of the House of Representatives to pass HR40, coupled with the persistent killing of innocent Black lives, often at the hands of police.
The erasure of Black & minoritized Americans is a concerning phenomenon with far-reaching consequences not only for those most affected by the injustice but for the United States as a whole. The moment is now. It is time to take intentional actions to advocate and fight for Black and minoritized lives.
Coordinated by Joshua Griffin, MDP