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Jazmyn Burton
Spelman College
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Spelman Speaks Social Justice DiscussionATLANTA  (August 24, 2020) – Spelman College will host the second installment of a  discussion series that seeks to interrogate and challenge the complex social web engineered by systemic and structural racism.

Spelman Speaks: Examining Systemic Injustices within the Criminal Justice System will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25 via Zoom. Christine White, C’2000, deputy director of the Georgia Alliance for Progress, will moderate the 60-minute conversation. 

“Spelman College has a strong tradition of working as an active agent in movements for social justice and equality,” reads the series mission statement. “As a historically Black women’s college, Spelman is perfectly positioned to offer scholarly commentary, insights and analyses that address this current moment of social unrest. This series seeks to highlight the ongoing work of HBCUs with meaningful and impactful intersectional analyses and conversations steeped in social justice.”

The series was developed in response to social unrest following the death of George Floyd and other victims of police brutality and will address discussions topics pulled from a joint letter developed by faculty and staff in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Panelists for the second conversation includes Jayne Middlebrooks Morgan, mother of CNN reporter Journalist Omar Jimenez who was arrested while covering the Floyd protests in Minneapolis; Ashley Adams, staff attorney for Equal Justice Initiative; Cassandra Kirk, Fulton County Chief Magistrate Judge; Taniyah Pilgrim, a Spelman student who was arrested in Atlanta while she a Morehouse student Messiah Young tried to navigate protest traffic; and Julie B. Johnson,Ph.D., lecturer in the Department of Dance Performance & choreography and creator of the Georgia Incarceration Performance Project.

To learn more about Spelman Speaks, or to register for the discussion, visit

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading 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. Spelman is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News and World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 57 among all liberal arts colleges, No. 22 for undergraduate teaching and No. 6 for both innovation and social mobility among liberal arts colleges, and No. 1 for the 13th year among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Recent initiatives include a designation by the Department of Defense as a Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, a Gender and Sexuality Studies Institute, the first endowed queer studies chair at an HBCU, and a program to increase the number of Black women Ph.D.s in economics. New majors have been added, including documentary filmmaking and photography, and partnerships have been established with MIT’s Media Lab, the Broad Institute and the Army Research Lab for artificial intelligence and machine learning. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, Starbucks Group President and COO Rosalind Brewer, political leader Stacey Abrams, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna president Audrey Forbes Manley, actress and producer Latanya Richardson Jackson, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones. For more information, visit


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