African American athletes have a long history of being persecuted and silenced for using sports as a public platform to advocate for social issues that run in contrast to the opinions of dominant white culture.
This has often deterred some Black athletes from uniting to protest racial injustice. From Joe Lewis, Muhammed Ali, Althea Gibson, Tommie Smith, John Carlos, Bill Russel, Lebron James to Colin Kaepernick, Black athletes have used this platform to highlight racist policies by choosing ceremonial moments to make their stand.
Join us for a panel discussion as we interrogate the long and defiant history of Black athletes who have protested against social injustices in American society.
Wagner College students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the open mic-poetry reading, headlined by guest poet L. Ash Williams.
L. Ash is a native of Brooklyn, NY. She was Host Committee Chair for the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam and was a member of the 2013 louderArts National Poetry Slam team. She has most recently been featured at Bowery Poetry, SupaDupaFresh, and Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Her work has been published by the Academy of American Poets (Poem-a-Day) and American Public Media (The Slowdown podcast.)
Following the poetry reading, she will answer questions from the audience.
If you would like to read your own poetry during the open-mic (or if you just want more information), email Professor Steven Thomas at email@example.com no later than March 12.
Join Sociology Professor and Project Pericles Program Director, Dr. Bernadette Ludwig, Sidiq Soulemana Assistant Director, Center for Intercultural Advancement and Staff Advisor for the Men of Color Initiative, and members of the Men of Color Initiative Donovan Davis (Presidential Fellow), and Seong Gillespie (a sophomore Sociology major and Civic Engagement minor) for a virtual showing of 13TH followed by a discussion on the film that seeks to educate and inform about Mass Incarceration and Systemic Racism.
As part of the discussion, we will also celebrate Project Pericles' 2020 Debating for Democracy (D4D)™ Letter to an Elected Official finalists and Men of Color Initiative members, Rajiv Redd and Ahmad Lyons who wrote their letter as part of their class with Dr. Cyril Ghosh to advocate for expanding the FIRST STEP Act (H.R. 5682) which currently "restricts and manages mandatory minimum sentencing." In the letter, they highlighted how Black men and communities have been disproportionately affected by mandatory minimum sentencing. In the proposal that accompanied their letter, Rajiv and Ahmad stressed the need to create more awareness about this issue among their peers. To read the full letter visit Project Pericles' website.
According to the New York Times, "this film hinges on the 13th Amendment, as the title indicates, in ways that may be surprising, though less so for those familiar with Michelle Alexander’s 2010 bestseller, 'The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.' Ratified in 1865, the amendment states in full: 'Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.' As Ms. Alexander underscores, slavery was abolished for everyone except criminals. The film 13TH is powerful, infuriating, and at times overwhelming, and will get your blood boiling and tear ducts leaking. It shakes you up, but it also challenges your ideas about the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States."
6pm-8pm: Virtual Watch Party of 13TH -- Free Livestream of this Documentary available on YouTube or email Donovan Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the watch party.
8pm-9pm: Virtual Discussion -- The discussion is open to anyone in the Wagner community but we require participants to watch the film before the discussion. Pre-registration required for discussion.
During the event, there will also be opportunities to enter a raffle and win prizes - sponsored by Project Pericles.