George Floyd in America: Questioning the Role of the Police

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Date: July 30, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Online Programs | Map
Category: Virtual

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Join Wayne State University and community leaders for a series of candid conversations on race in America.

Calls to "Defund the Police," ask fundamental questions about the real sources of public safety and how public resources should be reallocated in the future to better meet community needs.

Eric Williams, senior staff attorney in the Detroit Justice Center’s Economic Equity Practice, and PG Watkins, director and co-founder of the Black Bottom Archives and organizer for BYP100’s Green Light Black Futures campaign, will examine what policing should look like in the future.

Peter Hammer, law professor and director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, and Ollie Johnson, chair of WSU's Department of African American Studies, will moderate the conversation.

The online event will take place at noon on Thursday, July 30 at wayne.edu/live. Registration is recommended.

A supplementary talkback session takes place on Aug. 6 This event is designed to allow participants to ask questions and engage in smaller group dialogue. 

The “George Floyd in America” series is presented by the Office of the ProvostCollege of Liberal Arts and SciencesLaw SchoolDamon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.