Events Monday, Feb 11, 2019 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Surviving Black Trauma

Washburn Auditorium, 99 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138

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2019-02-11T21:00:00Z 2019-02-11T22:30:00Z UTC Surviving Black Trauma A panel discussion unpacking negative behaviors in pop culture towards black women who are victims of sexual abuse and trauma. Washburn Auditorium, 99 Brattle Street, Cambridge , MA 02138

On Monday, Feb. 11, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences will host a panel discussion, “Surviving Black Trauma: Campus Discussion Regarding the Lifetime Docuseries ‘Surviving R. Kelly.’” The panel includes a number of activists and educators:  

  • Candace King and Yelena Sims, UMASS Amherst
  • Karlene Griffiths-Sekou (Black Lives Matter Boston)
  • Court King, Youth In Action
  • Dr. Michelle Vital (Graduate School of Arts & Social Science)  
  • Dr. Vanessa Prosper (Graduate School of Arts & Social Science)  
  • Bernadine Truth (Know Your Truth. Speak Your Truths.)

This panel will discuss the impact of sexual assault and trauma in young African-American women. This event is in response to the Lifetime Network Docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly” which premiered in January 2019 on the Lifetime Network. The series is focused on the Grammy award singer and songwriter, R. Kelly who was accused of sexual abuse against many young women and girls. The series also featured countless stories on the women who expressed being ridiculed and shamed for coming forward.

 A short video clip from the web television series, "Red Table Talk", hosted by Jada Pinkett-Smith will be shown. The clip includes an interview with Lisa Van Allen, one of the many victims who accused R. Kelly of sexual abuse who has shared her thoughts on being invisible as a black woman when reporting sexual trauma.

This event will take place in the Washburn Auditorium from 4-5:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. To register, please click here.

Refreshments will be served.


Bwann Gwann