Janet Bell, PhD in Leadership and Change
Author, Lighting the Fires of Freedom; social justice activist; Adjunct Assistant Professor at Baruch College (CUNY)
Founder and President, LEAD InterGenerational Solutions, Inc.
Turn on the news today and the headlines are inflammatory. “White Student Calls Cops on Black Yale Schoolmate for Napping”, “Black Men Arrested in Starbucks for ‘Trespassing’”, and a host of other incendiary events have sparked the #LivingWhileBlack crisis captivating social media. It is the new plague of civil rights violations affecting the everyday lives and safety of the black community. Yet, unlike the Civil Rights Movement of our past, many would argue that similar hashtag activism movements — like #BlackLivesMatter — lack the cohesive leadership exemplified by icons like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Angela Davis. Others, however, argue that the leadership displayed in that era is not well-suited for this generation.
Congressman Bobby L. Rush will lead a discussion by a panel of both veterans of the Civil Rights Movement and today’s emerging leaders to answer: Who are the new leaders galvanizing this generation to seek social justice? What can veterans of the movement and the emerging leaders learn from each other? Does the civil rights movement of today have to reflect the civil rights movement of our past, or is hashtag activism the future?
Join us as we tackle these urgent and thought-provoking questions in order to better understand what leadership looks like today and how we can blend the expertise of our black leaders with the tools possessed by today’s generation of leaders to address the civil rights issues that we, as a community, are currently facing.