“MLK50: Honoring the Mothers of #SayHerName and the Memphis Dr. King Commemorative Program, April 1-4, 2018.”
Our show on March 27, 12:00-1:00 PM, EDT, will be the fifth in the series examining critical racial and social justice issues 50 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our show will focus on the special struggle of valiant mothers of Black women who have been slain by police. Why is it so difficult for deaths of Black women by police to receive the same outcry for justice as that of slain Black men? In addition, we will start the show with a presentation by Rev. Dr. Alvin O’Neal Jackson on the planning for the culmination of the year-long commemoration in Memphis, Tennessee of the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our guests will include renowned Professor Kimberle Crenshaw, Law Professor, Columbia University and UCLA, and Co-Director of the African American Policy Forum; Rev. Dr. Alvin O’Neal Jackson, Chair of the MLK 50 National Clergy Leadership Team for the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee; Rhanda Dormeus, mother of Korryn Gaines who was slain by Baltimore County police on August 1, 2016: and Maria Moore, Sister of Kayla Moore, a Black Transgender woman killed by Berkeley police on February 12, 2013. See guest pictures and bios at www.barbaraarnwine.com.
On March 27-30, 2018, our listeners are invited to join in the celebration of the 4th Annual: Her Dream Deferred: A Week on the Status of Black Women being sponsored by the African American Policy Forum. There will be a Report released on Tuesday, March 27th, “Black Women Still Rising-Ending Structural Racism, Patriarchy and Violence [African American Women and the Law Conference Report]. Wednesday, March 28, there will be a Dinner program, “Recovering Harriet: An Interactive Evening of Art and Action: 5:30-9:30 PM. The third day of activities will feature “Harriet’s Daughters: An Evening of Conversation and Celebration at the National Museum of African American History and Culture”: 6:45 PM. And Friday’s program will feature a panel discussion on “From Birth Control to Death: Facing Black women’s Maternal Mortality”: 1:00 P.M. For more information about the report and these programs see: aapf.org
As part of this week-long programming in honor of Black women, the stories mothers and family of Black women slain by police will be prioritized. After a series of horrific deaths of Black men and women by the police, including Michael Brown in Ferguson in August, 2014 and Michelle Cusseaux days later in Phoenix, Arizona, a troubling pattern emerged whereby the deaths of Black man were rightfully receiving public outcry and attention but those of Black women were wrongfully overlooked. Professor Crenshaw created the hashtag movement #SayHerName because of the failure of the media, and everyone to highlight the deaths of Black women by police. After #SayHerName started resonating in 2015, the death of Sandra Bland, in July, 2015 was the first slaying of a Black woman by police to gain national attention. Sadly, the overall trend of ignoring Black women victims of police violence continues to be our national reality. Rhanda Dormeus and Maria Moore will share their powerful stories of the loss of their loved ones and the fight for justice.
Our guests will help us examine critical questions: Why is there a Dream Deferred week of activities?; Why the emphasis on Harriet Tubman?; Why don’t deaths of Black women by the police engender the same anger and organized response by the Black community and the overall society?; What is the impact of stereotypes about Black women in this denial? Are killings by police of Black women different than that of Black men?; How should communities react to these slayings? What would have been the best community support for the families following these deaths?; What can be done to reverse this disturbing trendline?: What are the long-range solutions to police killings of Black women?: How can our listeners help? These and more questions will be explored during our show.
You don’t want to miss this show!
Be sure to listen live on Tuesday, March 20, 12:00 to 1:00 PM, EDT, in the Greater DC Metro Region on WOL 1450 AM and worldwide on the Internet at www.BarbaraArnwine.com. You may call with questions or comments during the show at 800-450-7876. A podcast of the show will be available on Tuesday evening.
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Maria Moore is the sister of Kayla Moore, a Black transgener woman who was killed by Berkeley police in her own home on February 12, […]
Rhanda Dormeus is the mother of Korryn Gaines, who was shot and killed with her son in her arms, Dormeus has spent the last 18 […]
Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, […]