On Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. EST, The Root’s Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele will be moderating a Twitter panel with three professionals to discuss this new wave of activism sweeping the nation in light of the recent grand jury decisions in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the killings of unarmed black men and boys across America.
The Twitter discussion will occur simultaneously during the Justice for All March that will take place in Washington, D.C. The Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network invited the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and thousands of protesters from across the nation to march on the Freedom Plaza. This iteration of the 1963 March on Washington will focus on denouncing the excessive police force used in black communities and the growing sentiment that the criminal-justice system is failing to bring about justice.
Who: The Root’s Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele and a panel of experts:
Mark Anthony Neal, @NewBlackMan, is a professor of African and African-American studies at Duke University who explores how popular culture can be used to explain societal and cultural norms in America. He produces and stars in the Left of Black Web series featured on The Root.
Eric Mitchell, @E_Mitch06, is the director of government relations for Bread for the World, where he works to bring about legislation to strengthen food-aid programs for underserved communities. Mitchell, a 2014 The Root 100 honoree, recently went to Ferguson, Mo., to engage with protesters.
Treva B. Lindsey, @divafeminist, is an assistant professor at Ohio State University and works to bring attention to how violence against black women and the LGBT community is not discussed as frequently, or with as much fervor, as violence against black men.
What: A panel discussion on the new wave of activism against police brutality.
When: Saturday, from noon to 1 p.m. EST.
Where: Follow the conversation by using #TheRootMOW or @TheRoot.
Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.