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Center for Racial Justice to host a series of social justice events in February

Dillard student asks a question to author Lyreshia Bonds during her visit to Dillard’s Center for Racial Justice. Photo: Sabree Hill – Dillard University.

February 9, 2023
Contact: Danielle Miller, dmiller@dillard.edu

NEW ORLEANS — Dillard University’s Center for Racial Justice will host a series of social justice events during Black History Month from February 10 – 28.

The mission of the Center for Racial Justice is to bring systemic change to the way policing is done in communities of color and to promote partnerships with law enforcement agencies,  provide civic engagement training and community relationship building. 

Friday, February 10
Survival: A Transformation During and After Incarceration
TIME: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Professional Schools Building (PSB) rooms 131-135
INFORMATION: Former inmate Edward Johnson will discuss his transformational experience, both inside and outside of prison and much more. Johnson will be available for questions after the presentation.

Monday, February 13
Candlelight Vigil in honor of Tyre Nichols and Ronald Greene
Discussion with the family of Ronald Greene
TIME: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
LOCATION: Vigil- Outdoors in between PSB and Stern Hall (5 p.m.) Discussion- Stern Room 112 (6 p.m.)
INFORMATION: The Center for Racial Justice and the Dillard Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice will host a candlelight vigil in honor of Ronald Greene and Tyre Nichols. Immediately following this event, Center for Racial Justice board member Hersy Jones, and Jayla Richie ‘23 will conduct one-on-one interviews with Ronald Greene’s mother Mona Hardin and sister Alana Wilson to discuss Greene’s brutal murder by the Louisiana State Police and the aftermath.

Wednesday, February 15
All About Love: Healthy Relationships, Self Love, and Reproductive Health and Justice Forum
TIME: 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Jones Hall room 207
INFORMATION: The Center for Racial Justice has partnered with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (STAR) and the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies to host an informative mixer to celebrate sexual health and Black History. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from experts who will offer educational information and resources as well as engage in fun and interactive games. The first 40 guests will receive a free copy of  “All About Love” by Bell Hooks.

Monday, March 6
The Riches of Freedom and the Security of Justice: The Impact of African American Financial Institutions Towards Economic Justice
TIME: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
LOCATION: Georges Auditorium
INFORMATION: Associate professor of history at Texas A&M University, Shennette Garrett-Scott, founder of Liberty Bank, Alden McDonald, and Timothy Todd, executive writer and historian, public affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Todd will discuss the impact of African American financial institutions towards economic justice. The discussion will be moderated by Dillard University’s dean of the College of Business, Dr. Dorian Williams.

About Dillard University
Dillard University is a historically Black institution that cultivates leaders who live ethically, think and communicate precisely, and act courageously to make the world a better place. Located in New Orleans, Dillard is a private faith-based liberal arts university that offers 22 majors and two certificate programs. Ranked 5th on 2021 The New York Times Overall Mobility Index and 14th in 2022 by Academic Influence for Best Colleges and Universities by Academic Stewardship, Dillard’s call to future leaders is to Write Your Legacy. Find out more about Louisiana’s oldest HBCU by visiting www.dillard.edu.