Join us for a keynote address and panel discussion on how the Black Lives Matter movement has been covered in national, regional and local media.
The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists Arkansas Pro Chapter and the National Park Service/Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, in partnership with the Philander Smith College chapters of Phi Beta Sigma and Zeta Phi Beta.
Keynote speaker Shaun King is a senior justice writer for New York Daily News and a prominent figure in the Black Lives Matter movement. King has written extensively about the Black Lives Matter movement, covering discrimination, police brutality, the prison industrial complex and social justice in the wake of violence in New York, Baltimore, Cleveland, Ferguson, Missouri, Charleston, South Carolina and other cities. He was previously a justice writer for Daily Kos.
Little Rock’s Malik Saafir (@MalikSaafir) will moderate the panel that will follow King’s address. Saafir is the president and founder of the Janus Institute for Justice. He teaches at Philander Smiwth College and serves on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Institute on Race and Ethnicity Steering Committee.
Ashley Yates (@brownblaze) from the St. Louis area. Yates was an early on-the-ground organizer in Ferguson after the shooting death of Michael Brown. In 2015, Yates was listed as one of ROOT’s Top 100 influencers of the year and as a CNN “Disruptor of the Status Quo.” www.yatesashley.com
Richard Thompson (@Mediaverse) of Memphis, founder and lead writer of Mediaverse, an online publication launched in 2006 that covers local media in Shelby County, Tenn. Thompson is a veteran journalist and media analyst as well as past president of the Memphis Association of Black Journalists.
Rae Nelson, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Little Rock chapter. Nelson is a social justice advocate and organizer from Pine Bluff. Nelson serves on the board of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition. She came out as trans to her command in the U.S. Navy Reserve to help push for open trans service and helped facilitated “Safe Zone” trainings at local universities.
Shahidah Jones (@Ms_Kiddin) is a representative of the Official Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter. Jones is an unapologetically black, LGBTQ advocate for human rights. She’s also a member of the Memphis Feminist Collective and the Memphis Grassroots Organization Coalition.