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"Black Lives Matter: The U.S. Journey Towards Justice and Healing" A Four-Day, Virtual Event in collaboration with North Shore Community College with Keynote Michael Eric Dyson

Join us for the 44th Forum on Tolerance on October 19-22

Watch a recording of Dr. Dyson's Presentation on YouTube!

"With our condemnation of the senseless murder of George Floyd as our catalyst, our virtual series will focus on the history of the harassment, profiling, and brutalization of our black citizens by the hands of community policing and the criminal justice system. We will explore steps that might be taken to reverse this systemic racism, help those who have been victimized by it, and heal as a nation and a community."

Monday, October 19, 7-8:30 pm

Speakers and Panel Discussion

Introductions by Nate Bryant, PhD, and Sean Bennett, PhD
Michael Eric Dyson, keynote speaker

Michael Eric Dyson is a Georgetown Professor of Sociology and minister, Dr. Dyson is a New York Times contributing opinion writer, a contributing editor of The New Republic, and of ESPN's The Undefeated website. Some of his recent books are The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America (2016), Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America (2017), What Truth Sounds Like (2018), and AY-Z: Made in America (2019).

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Tuesday, October 20, 2-4:30 pm

Viewing and discussion of documentary film 13th with NSCC Professor Nathan Chio

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Tuesday, October 20, 7-8:30 pm

Ricky Grant, Jr., Chief of Community Engagement, Office of Suffolk County D.A. Rachael Rollins

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Wednesday, October 21, 2-3:30 pm

Implicit Bias Training with Maria Vasquez and Jennifer Harris of NSCC

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Wednesday, October 21, 7-8:30 pm

Reverend Andre Bennett, NSCC Alumnus/Youth Minister at Zion Baptist Church

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Thursday, October 22, 7-8:30 pm

Performance Artist/Creator of Princess Day, Valerie Stephens

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For more information on the Forum on Tolerance 2020, visit

For more education and training opportunities offered by Inclusive Excellence, explore the fall education and training schedule.


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