Haskell hosting event about the Black American experience through new Hiawatha Center for Justice

photo by: Conrad Swanson/Journal-World File Photo

A sign at the entrance to Haskell Indian Nations University is shown Friday, Aug. 5, 2016.

Haskell Indian Nations University’s new Hiawatha Center for Justice is hosting an online forum Thursday about the Black American experience.

Kevin Willmott, an Academy-Award winning screenwriter and University of Kansas film and media studies professor, will host a discussion about the past and present injustices Black Americans face, and what steps can be taken to create institutions that embrace systemic justice. Willmott will be joined by two other panelists: Randal Jelks, an award-winning author and KU professor of American Studies and African and African-American Studies, and Alex Kimball Williams, a community activist and health equity planner with Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health.

The online event will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, and can be accessed by joining this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/97900335770.

The Hiawatha Center for Justice is a new project developed by Haskell professor Daniel Wildcat to redevelop Haskell’s historic Hiawatha Hall into a Center for Justice. Haskell officials are partnering with students and leaders from KU’s School of Engineering to help develop the center, according to a KU press release.

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