Where Do We Go From Here: Social Justice Conference
Among the events scheduled is a day-long conference with concurrent sessions for IU faculty, staff, students, and community members. The conference will feature leading social justice experts, who will speak on issues of leadership, social justice, and equality.
The conferences keynote session, hosted by Indiana University in partnership with The Madam Walker Legacy Center (MWLC), will feature Angela Davis and Alicia Garza, moderated by Angela Rye.
These internationally recognized leaders will discuss their process for social activism, experiences realized, and generationally connect current issues related to social justice and racial equity. In featuring this discussion on social justice, we remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” From the 1970s to 2020, this powerful discussion, spanning more than fifty years of experience will include a Q&A segment with attendees.
Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice.
Professor Angela Davis, distinguished professor emerita of History of Consciousness and feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is an author of ten books. A political activist, scholar, educator, and founding member of the Critical Resistance, she continues her work focusing on social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. An international lecturer known for powerful speeches and dialogue about injustice, Professor Davis has been involved in movements for social justice worldwide. Since the early 1970s, she continues to address racial injustice and social equity on an internationally recognized platform.
Angela Davis is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison.
Alicia Garza, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network which now has forty (40) chapters in four countries. Alicia Garza serves as the strategy and partnerships director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance and is co-founder of Supermajority, a new home for women's activism. With her work featured in Time, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, Elle, and Essence, and featured on the cover of Time's (2020) 100 Most Influential People in the World issue, she was also named to Fortune Magazine's '40 under '40 list under the "Government and Politics" category. Hear her talk about how she has organized around issues of health, student services and rights, rights for domestic workers, ending police brutality, anti-racism, and violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people of color.
Angela Rye is Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm in the Nation's Capital ( www.IMPACTStrategies.global). She is a CNN Political Commentator and NPR Political Analyst. She has been featured as an influential politico, lawyer, and advocate by several publications and outlets from Marie Claire to Ebony and the Washington Post, Rye has an unwavering commitment to ensuring positive change in the political process. Rye is a prominent political strategist who offers regular on-air commentary for several media outlets including BET, CNN, HBO, HuffPost Live and TV One.
She currently serves on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee, the Seattle University School of Law Alumni, Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network, Inclusv, serves as a senior advisor to the Government Technology and Services Coalition, Rye served as the Executive Director and General Counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus for the 112th Congress. In her role as Executive Director, Rye was tasked with developing the overall legislative and political strategy for the Caucus. Prior to working for the CBC, she served as Senior Advisor and Counsel to the House Committee on Homeland Security under the leadership of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson.