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Members' Room: Panel: We Refuse to Be Silent: Women’s Voices on Justice for Black Men

Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 6:00 PM | Members' Room | open to the public | free of charge | registration required


The women have something to say. Are you listening?

In this powerful and needed collection, editor Angela P. Dodson brings together the voices of more than thirty-five accomplished women writers on the topic of violence and injustice against Black men. These writers are journalists, authors, scholars, ministers, psychologists, counselors, and other experts. They are also wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, aunties, and friends. Each lends her voice to shine a new light on the injustices and dangers Black men face daily, and how women feel about the vulnerability of our sons, husbands, brothers, fathers, uncles, friends, and other males we care about as they navigate a world that often stereotypes and targets them. The catalyst for a national conversation, this collection offers historical context that is often missing from public discussions and media coverage, while demonstrating an ongoing pattern of demonizing Black men that is rooted deep in the history of our nation.

Angela P. Dodson holds an MA in journalism and public affairs from American University and is a former senior editor for the New York Times and a former executive editor of Black Issues Book Review. She has written and edited for outlets like Essence, Heart & Soul, the Washington Star, and the Louisville Courier-Journal. She is the author of Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box and the founder of Editors on Call, LLC.

In this unique panel, Ms. Dodson converses with

Prof. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, author of She Took Justice: The Black Woman, Law, and Power, an essayist, social justice attorney, playwright, documentary filmmaker, and Emmy Award-winning writer with a forthcoming book on the history of protest, who teaches at John Jay College (CUNY).

Audrey Edwards, former executive editor of Essence magazine and author of American Runaway: Black and Free in Paris in the Trump Years.

Dr. Brenda M. Greene, the founder and executive director of the Center for Black Literature, director of the National Black Writers Conference, and professor of English at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York.

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