“The goal for this week is to illuminate the obstacles, stereotypes and other acts of injustice that have tormented and plagued the Black community in recent years.”
For the academic left, isn’t every week social justice week?
From the Howard University website:
Howard University Hosts First Annual Social Justice Week Featuring Howard Alumus, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka
Howard University College of Arts and Science will host its first annual Social Justice Week, August 2-6, via Zoom. This week is one of the initiatives linked to the Mellon Foundation Grant received for the Just Futures Initiative in January.
For one week, the community will have the opportunity to engage in community and academic panels, workshops, and guest speakers on criminal justice reform. Highlighted themes will connect the various instances of injustice in the judicial system, from the criminalization of Black bodies to police brutality.
The goal for this week is to illuminate the obstacles, stereotypes and other acts of injustice that have tormented and plagued the Black community in recent years. There will be collective explorations to solutions that might mitigate or address pressing problems in our community and ways to sustain our spirits in this journey.
Some key participants include attorney Jerry Blackwell, Tamika Mallory from Until Freedom, Yusef Salaam (one of the Central Park Five), the Mothers of the Movement, local activists Tony Lewis and Angel Gregorio and Howard alumnus and Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka.
Ras J. Baraka is the 40th mayor of the city of Newark. A native of Newark, Mayor Baraka’s progressive approach to governing has won him accolades from grassroots organizations to the White House under President Obama’s administration.
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