TraCS sponsors webinar on Race, Law Enforcement, and Black Males

The escalation of events igniting recent civil unrest highlights the economic, health care, social, and criminal justice disparities that Black Americans and racial minorities experience daily across the U.S. Many medical associations and health science scholars, now more than ever, openly echo this undeniable truth: racism is a public health issue. UNC-Chapel Hill’s North Carolina Translational Clinical and Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute agrees and seeks to participate in raising consciousness for action that addresses systemic racism.

On June 17, 2020, NC TraCS' Community and Stakeholder Engagement (CaSE) Program Director, Lori Carter-Edwards, PhD facilitated Race, Law Enforcement, and Black Males: Actions Required to Shift the Paradigm. Five esteemed guest speakers acknowledged the challenges brought by racism and described experiences Black males live through that others do not. They identified the strengths and importance of law enforcement, and shared strategies to support the relationship between Black males and law enforcement.

Speakers:

  • Jayne Morgan, MD (Director of Innovation, Piedmont Physician Enterprise, Piedmont Healthcare, Atlanta, GA, Mother of CNN Journalist and Correspondent, Omar Jimenez, arrested In Minneapolis, MN while covering the aftermath of the death of George Floyd)
  • Wes Bellamy, EdD (National Public Policy Chairman, 100 Black Men of America, Former Vice-Mayor of Charlottesville, VA, Current Political Science Department Chairman at Virginia State University, Founder and Co-Chairman of the Black Millennial Political Convention)
  • Rev. James D. Gailliard (Pastor of Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount, NC, Representative of the North Carolina General Assembly, District 25)
  • David Perry (UNC-Chapel Hill Chief of Police)
  • Lloyd Bradsher (Orange County, NC Sheriff’s Office)

View a summary of the meeting with comments/thoughts from the panelists.

This event was co-sponsored by the UNC-Chapel Hill Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

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