Upcoming event guides people through difficult conversations centered on uprisings, social justice

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – After the death of George Floyd in police custody, an upcoming panel is guiding people through difficult conversations centered on uprisings and social justice.

‘Voices of Uprising’ is a virtual three-panel series being put on by a collaboration of different departments at UW-La Crosse, including the Department of Ethnic and Racial Studies, Division of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Office of Multicultural Student Services.

Panelists include people whose professional and personal lives are deeply entwined with issues of racism, police brutality, and social justice.

They are Richard Breaux, associate professor of UWL Ethnic and Racial Studies; Antoiwana Williams, director of UWL Multicultural Student Services; and Darrell King, a graduate assistant at the University of Northern Iowa and 2016 UWL graduate.

They will be breaking down what people have been seeing in the news, misconceptions surrounding these current issues, and differences between protests, riots, and looting.

It’s an opportunity for minority voices to be heard within our community and for people to see that the problems happening nationally also happen on a local level.

“We have someone who is a mother on the panel and she’s going to talk about the ways in which she has to prepare her sons and daughters in order to live safely in their community. That is directly related to her fears of violence and police-inflicted violence for her children. I think it’s important that these things that are coming to the national media attention are things that African American people live out every day,” said Sara Docan-Morgan, Ph.D., associate professor of Communication Studies and the Chair of the UWL Department of Ethnic & Racial Studies.

The first panel takes place on Wednesday, June 17th from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.

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