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Growing Up Black in Urban America

Yesterday I attended an event organized by The College of St. Scholastica Alworth Center for the Study of Peace and Justice. Yale law professor James Forman, Jr. led a seminar on Race and the Criminal justice system yesterday. Professor Forman, and his students, operate a clinic that represents young people facing expulsion from school for discipline violations. They work to keep their clients in school and on track towards graduation. The son of a prominent civil rights activist, James Forman Jr. talked on length about “Growing Up Black in Urban America”. He also gave a few tips on what individuals can do to be better allies of communities of color and how best to fight mass incarceration and how best to cut short the school to prison pipeline. He suggested individuals start off with the Sentencing Project and then the Advancement Project.

Professor Forman shared his personal experience as a Law student and experience with several unjust practices in the judicial system that detriment society by depriving women and children of color mostly, the opportunity and chances they need to get an education and a decent living. There was a huge turnout in the Mitchell Auditorium and the speaker was excellent and engaging such that many people, if not all, stayed on until the end – which was extended due to Question and Answer sessions FYI.

There is going to be a follow up event, Talk Back on Being Black, next Monday at 7:00 PM at the St. Mark’s African Methodist Episcopal Church led by Carl Crawford, Duluth’s Human Rights Officer.

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