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Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center to Host BLM Roundtable

“After the murder of George Floyd, many people promised African Americans a lot about structural and institutional changes at the national level, at the state level, at the level of Oregon State University , etc.”, said Dwaine Plaza, professor of sociology at OSU. “We basically want to examine how various measures of change have actually taken place and how far we still have to go.”

On Monday, February 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., panelists Terrance Harris, Dwaine Plaza, Chris Stout, Chanale Propst and Niki Braxton-Franklin will present a number of topics under the title: “It’s 2022. Make Lives black really matter?

Plaza said, “What we would like to know now is that white people can take more responsibility for the structural and institutional changes that need to happen because they are actually in control.”

The event comes from the following units on campus: the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, the Presidential Commission on the Status of Black Faculty and Personnel Affairs, the College of Liberal Arts, and the School of Public Policy. The event itself will take place and will be streamed live from the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center at 100 SW Memorial Place in Corvallis.

Terrance Harris is the director of the Center. It will first introduce and share the history and current circumstances of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Dwaine Plaza will then present an overview of white supremacy and its sociopolitical consequences in the United States.

Political science professor Chris Stout will present on structural manifestations of white supremacy like voter suppression, resistance to nominating a black woman to the Supreme Court, failure of lawmakers to pass the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in 2021 and the debate in K-12 schools over the murky facts surrounding the nation’s endemic racism.

Chanale Propst, coordinator of Black & African-American Student Mental Health & Wellness, will then present the psychological effects of racism on black faculty, students and staff.

Next, Niki Braxton-Franklin, Alcohol and Drug Prevention Specialist in Student Health Services, will present her own experience as a mother of black children; she will share strategies for parents and suggestions on how non-blacks can better meet the needs and experiences of black people.

The evening will conclude with a Q&A moderated by Marilyn Stewart, Associate Senior Advisor at the College of Liberal Arts.

In-person registration is limited to 30 people, available here. For Zoom recording, click here.

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By Grace Miller