The U.S. Attorney’s Office, in partnership with the University of South Florida (USF), hosted Courageous Conversations: Do Black Lives Matter? Facilitators Dr. Roy Kaplan and Dr. Navita C. James guided university faculty and students, public safety officials, and local community members through an interactive discussion addressing current issues on race and the prevailing social and political climate in the nation as it affects people of color. Focus areas for the conversation included race and recent police encounters with black males that have received media coverage, the evolution of technology as it affects racial matters in our society, and the impact that socio-economic, education and health disparities have on communities of color, and the nation as a whole. The event culminated in smaller group discussions, where participants committed themselves to pursing ongoing projects to promote greater diversity and addressing ongoing disparity issues.
Courageous Conversations is a collaborative speaker series that examines current events and policies in our nation that directly impact our communities.
Special thanks to the USF Institute on Black Life, the USF Gibbons Alumni Center, the USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships, and the USF Police Department.