LIVE WEBINAR – Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives are Surveilled & How to Work for Change

Featuring Drs. Angela Hattery and Earl Smith; Moderated by Robert Patillo.

The events unfolding across our nation today renew a long-standing call for fundamental
changes to our nation’s institutions. While today’s cries carry the echoes from
the protests following the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, and so many
other Black people killed by the police, and the hopes for change from the
marches of the Civil Rights Movement, the current story of race, racism, and
white privilege in America has its roots firmly planted in over 400 years of
history. It is by fully understanding our nation’s past legacy of chattel slavery
that we can begin to combat our current social structures that perpetuate
institutional racism.
Join us on June 30th for a virtual discussion with sociologists Angela Hattery and Earl Smith,
co-authors of Policing Black Bodies. In their work, Drs. Hattery and Smith make a compelling
case that the policing of Black bodies goes far beyond individual stories of police brutality. They
connect the regulation of African American people in many settings, including public education,
industry, and the criminal justice system, into a powerful narrative about the ways class, race,
and gender contribute to injustice, as well as the perils of colorblind racism.
Moderated by civil rights attorney Robert Patillo, this 90-minute conversation will examine the
ways in which the chattel slavery system of America’s early history manifests itself in
the variety of ways in which Black people are literally and symbolically policed today.


Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm EST.
Cost: Free
Registration is Required

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This webinar is supported by Grant No. 2019-YA-BX-K001, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions expressed are those of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice

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