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Colby-Sawyer College to Host Black Lives Matter: A Panel Discussion on Race and Justice

CSC for Racial Justice invites the community to attend Black Lives Matter: A Panel Discussion on Race and Justice, on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wheeler Hall at the Ware Student Center. The session features a series of short talks by faculty, staff and students accompanied by an open forum for all participants. The purpose of this discussion is to continue conversations about race and justice in America, educate about matters of discrimination, promote awareness of current events, and strategize for action. The event will also provide an opportunity to share ideas and shine light on the many factors that contribute to racism. The event is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided.

“We hope to embody the spirit of W.E.B. Dubois when he wrote that 'the cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.' In recent events, young African-American men have paid this price with their lives, and we seek to honor them by advocating for change. With this event as our first step, we hope to educate our peers on how to create the change we wish to see,” says student partcipant and Colby-Sawyer Progressive Scholar Leah Daniels '16.

CSC for Racial Justice was formed by a group of faculty, staff and students in 2014 in order to help bring local awareness to the issue of racism and elicit social change. The group plans to host additional events throughout the spring semester.

“The popular thought is that past and recent brutalities are a result of individual belief systems and actions. The discussion at Colby-Sawyer will strive to dispel such a belief and speak about the structural foundations of racism,” says Dr. Omari Jackson, assistant professor of social sciences and education at Colby-Sawyer College.

CSC for Racial Justice joins Black Lives Matter, a national movement that arose in response to the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others in order to fight anti-Black racism.

“Black Lives Matter is an important event brought about by the hard work of a campus-wide coalition of faculty, staff and students who seek to open a meaningful dialogue at Colby-Sawyer regarding the tragedy of racism and violence. It is a conversation about making the world a better, more just place,” says Thomas C Galligan Jr., president of Colby-Sawyer College.

To learn more, visit the group's Facebook page at

For more information, contact Kanika Jackson, coordinator of Student Activities, International and Diversity Initiatives, at or 603-526-3597.

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