Racial Justice Advocacy Program

In Civil Rights, Home, Racial Justice by Judy Schindler7 Comments

The Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice is excited to announce that our advocacy efforts will now include a new Racial Justice Advocacy Program. We will be coordinating this advocacy agenda with our new partners:  Johnson C. Smith University and UNC Charlotte. Together we are now operating as the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation – Charlotte Consortium.

The racial justice advocacy program is open to students on each campus and to the entire Charlotte community. We will explore our community and region’s history and present struggles with race and racism. In our final week we will define the goals and outcomes that will guide our racial justice advocacy at the local, state, and national levels going forward. Throughout the year we will maintain our connections as a network while we advocate for change.

We deeply appreciate David Cohen for his generosity in supporting this series.

Session 1

Sunday, September 106:30-8:00 pm

Queens University of Charlotte, Ketner Auditorium

“A Change is Gonna Come”: From Civil Rights to Black Power

Waldo E. Martin, Jr., Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of American History and Citizenship, University of California, Berkeley


Session Two

Thursday, September 286:30-8:00 pm

Johnson C. Smith University, New Science Center Auditorium

Race is Nothing, Race is Everything: Understanding the Inclusion Process

Dr. Melvin Herring, Director of the Masters in Social Work Program, Johnson C. Smith University

Dr. James Freeman, Assistant Professor in the Masters of Social Work Program at Johnson C. Smith University


Session Three

Thursday, October 56:30-8:00 pm

Queens University of Charlotte

How We Got Where We Are with Race – Jim Crow, Civil Rights, and the Queen City

Dr. Sarah Griffith, Professor of History, Queens University of Charlotte

Dr. Mark Kelso, Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Queens University of Charlotte

Dr. Brenda Tindal, Staff Historian, Levine Museum of the New South


Session Four

Thursday, October 197:00-8:30 pm

University of North Carolina Charlotte, James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center – Salons D & E

 An Examination of Race, Ethnicity, and “Othering” in American Religious Traditions

Dr. Julia Robinson Moore, Associate Professor, Dept. of Religious Studies, UNC Charlotte

Dr. Rodney Sadler, Associate Professor of Bible, Union Presbyterian Seminary

Moderator: Rabbi Judy Schindler, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies, Queens University


Session Five

Thursday, October 267:00-8:30 pm

University of North Carolina Charlotte, Rowe Hall, Room 161

Media and the Portrayal of Race

Dr. Debra Smith, Associate Professor of Africana Studies, University of North Carolina Charlotte


Session Six

Thursday, November 26:30-8:00 pm

Johnson C. Smith University, New Science Center Auditorium

Policing and Personal Pain

Moderator: Robert Dawkins, State organizer for SAFE (Safety Accountability Fairness Equity)  and panel with parents who have lost children at the hands of police


Session Seven

Thursday, November 96:30-8:00 pm

Queens University of Charlotte

Where We are and Where We Are going

Dr. Susan McCarter, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of North Carolina Charlotte

Brian Collier, Executive Vice President, Foundation For The Carolinas

Judge Donald Cureton, Mecklenburg County District Juvenile Court Judge

Moderator:  Mitchell Feld, Director of Children’s Defense, Council for Children’s Rights


Session Eight

Setting Our Advocacy Agenda

Thursday, November 166:30-8:00 pm

Queens University of Charlotte


For more information or to register, please email Louise Clark, advocacy coordinator, at clarkl2@queens.edu. There is a $25 suggested registration fee for the advocacy series.  Students are free.

Please click this link to register!


  1. Very interested in being a part of this great work in Diversity, Inclusion, Access and Equity. Phenomenal Program. Excited to hear the diversity of thought in the rooms as these difficult discussions take place. Critical information to be learned.

  2. I am a member of the Charlotte community and am interested in attending these advocacy sessions as possible. Please put me on any appropriate mailing list.

    Thank you, Kent and Jeanette Winslow

  3. I have tried to sign up for the Racial Justice Advocacy Program using the above email address and it is returned as undeliverable.
    I definitely want to attend.

  4. Louise, the team that can together left out a significant Group. Black Women and the Maintenance of a Race. As a trained cultural Sociologist, and public intellectual this missing advocacy in the New South can’t be silenced. I appeal to you and the Grenspon Center to change and reflect this portion.

    I am committed to assisting You, in putting forth a Session on Black Women in Social Racial Justice, and to include a Public Component of how the Streets are changing the face of Justice.

  5. Sounds like a excellent series. Could it ever be repeated somewhere in south Charlotte for those of us who have difficulty getting to those locations at night?

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