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Spelman Hosts Community Discussion About Gun Violence October 15

For Immediate Release

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Audrey Arthur
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ATLANTA (October 14, 2016) -- Spelman College will host “Deadly Consequences: A Community Discussion on Gun Violence,” Saturday, October 15, 2016. The keynote speaker is Dr. Deborah Prothrow Stith, C'75, a public health scholar activist and practitioner. She is dean and professor of medicine for the College of Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Cynthia Spence, Ph.D., Spelman Social Justice Fellows Program director and associate professor, is co-host of the program. “The threat of gun violence is a reality in all of our lives,” said Dr. Spence. “No community is immune to random, careless criminal acts that result in the loss of life. We are also experiencing a type of ‘battle fatigue’ as we consider of the number of Black women and men whose lives have been lost due to the use of deadly force by police.

“It is fitting that Spelman President Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell and 34 other college presidents have taken a pledge to begin a discussion about the impact of gun violence upon our communities. We look forward to hearing from Dr. Deborah Prothrow Stith as she adds her scholarly lens to the discussion. We also look forward to lifting up the voices of mothers who have lost daughters and sons to gun violence.”

Additional programming will include a panel discussion about gun violence with members of the Spelman and Atlanta communities.

For more information visit, http://www.spelman.edu/about-us/news-and-events/event-detail/2016/10/15/default-calendar/gun-violence-forum.

The forum is the result of a “Call for Peace and Unity” letter signed by 35 HBCU presidents to address gun violence in African-American communities.

Saturday, October 15, 2016
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Spelman College
Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed. D. Academic Center, Auditorium
GPS Address: 440 Westview Drive, Atlanta 30310

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About Spelman College

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer, Broadway producer Alia Jones, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, Harvard professor Evelynn Hammonds, author Pearl Cleage and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.


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