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June 19, 2020

Guilford College Hosts “Real Talk” Series on Police Brutality

Guilford College’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion kicks off a new “Real Talk” series on police brutality on Juneteenth, the U.S. holiday commemorating the end of slavery.

“Anti-lynching crusader and women's rights advocate Ida B. Wells Barnett left the world a profound message. She stated, ‘Can you remain silent and inactive when such things are done in our own community and country?’ The Real Talk series, offered by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, provides an open space for the Guilford College community and beyond,” says Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Krishauna Hines-Gaither. “We will tackle difficult topics related to police brutality. We cannot remain silent and inactive when our community is hurting. We hope to offer a space of sharing and support.”

The series consists of three sessions on Zoom, hosted by various Guilford community members, addressing the issues of police brutality and racial injustice that are facing this country and the Greensboro community. 

Guilford Guides and Krishauna will host the first session, Guilford Students Speak, at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 19, giving students the opportunity to come together to share how they are processing recent events. 

Public Safety Director and former police officer Jermaine Thomas; Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Title IX Coordinator, and former NYPD officer Barbara Lawrence; and Part-Time Lecturer for Justice and Policy Studies Nathaniel ‘Trey’ Davis III, who works as a liaison to bridge divides between the community and the police, will discuss their thoughts on police brutality, experiences as Black officers, and more at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 26. 

Assistant Professor of Art Antoine Williams, Guilford Guide Amber Slade,  Part-Time Lecturer of History Tiffany Holland, and Principal of Guilford Preparatory Academy, Dr. Robin Buckrham will speak on their experiences as Black parents and how they are navigating these difficult times as mothers and fathers of Black children. This final session is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 30.

There are a limited number of seats, so attendees must register in advance.

Learn more about Guilford College’s commitment to diversity, justice, and equality and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.