UNC Charlotte Hosts Racial Justice Advocacy Series

Date Published: 
Friday, August 18, 2017

UNC Charlotte is excited to announce the Racial Justice Advocacy Program, in partnership with The Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University and Johnson C. Smith University. 

The racial justice advocacy program is open to students on each campus and to the entire Charlotte community. We will explore our community and region’s history and present struggles with race and racism. In our final week we will define the goals and outcomes that will guide our racial justice advocacy at the local, state, and national levels going forward. Throughout the year we will maintain our connections as a network while we advocate for change.

Please click this link to register!

Session 1

Sunday, September 106:30-8:00 pm

Queens University of Charlotte, Ketner Auditorium

“A Change is Gonna Come”: From Civil Rights to Black Power

Waldo E. Martin, Jr., Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of American History and Citizenship, University of California, Berkeley


Session Two

Thursday, September 286:30-8:00 pm

Johnson C. Smith University, New Science Center Auditorium

Race is Nothing, Race is Everything: Understanding the Inclusion Process

Dr. Melvin Herring, Director of the Masters in Social Work Program, Johnson C. Smith University

Dr. James Freeman, Assistant Professor in the Masters of Social Work Program at Johnson C. Smith University


Session Three

Thursday, October 56:30-8:00 pm

Queens University of Charlotte

How We Got Where We Are with Race – Jim Crow, Civil Rights, and the Queen City

Dr. Sarah Griffith, Professor of History, Queens University of Charlotte

Dr. Mark Kelso, Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Queens University of Charlotte

Dr. Brenda Tindal, Staff Historian, Levine Museum of the New South


Session Four

Thursday, October 197:00-8:30 pm

University of North Carolina Charlotte, James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center – Salons D & E

 An Examination of Race, Ethnicity, and “Othering” in American Religious Traditions

Dr. Julia Robinson Moore, Associate Professor, Dept. of Religious Studies, UNC Charlotte

Dr. Rodney Sadler, Associate Professor of Bible, Union Presbyterian Seminary

Moderator: Rabbi Judy Schindler, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies, Queens University


Session Five

Thursday, October 267:00-8:30 pm

University of North Carolina Charlotte, Bonnie E. Cone University Center – McKnight Auditorium

Media and the Portrayal of Race

Dr. Debra Smith, Associate Professor of Africana Studies, University of North Carolina Charlotte


Session Six

Thursday, November 26:30-8:00 pm

Johnson C. Smith University, Biddle Hall Gambrell Auditorium

Policing and Personal Pain

Moderator: Robert Dawkins, State organizer for SAFE (Safety Accountability Fairness Equity)  and panel with parents who have lost children at the hands of police


Session Seven

Thursday, November 96:30-8:00 pm

Queens University of Charlotte

Where We are and Where We Are going

Dr. Susan McCarter, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of North Carolina Charlotte

Brian Collier, Executive Vice President, Foundation For The Carolinas

Moderator:  Mitchell Feld, Director of Children’s Defense, Council for Children’s Rights


Session Eight

Setting Our Advocacy Agenda

Thursday, November 166:30-8:00 pm

Queens University of Charlotte