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“Which Lives Matter” presented by Monti Washington

February 8 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Brought to you by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in celebration of Black History Month.

Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room, Flynn Campus Union

“Which Lives Matter” is an intense, inclusive, educational program, intended to build bridges, not walls. Speaker, poet, and activist Monti Washington helps students explore the history, conditioning, stereotypes, and racism that separates and divides our community and nation. He addresses the issues from a social media and social justice perspective with spoken word poetry, personal stories, and social media examples. “All Lives do Matter, but All Lives can’t matter until Black Lives Matter.” By the end of the lecture, students and staff of all races and ethnicities will be empowered with the knowledge and context to have “courageous conversations” on and off campus in a safe and constructive way.
Washington has spoken all over the country at colleges, conferences, and trainings. He is an actor currently starring in Tyler Perry’s Bruh, a published author and award-winning spoken word poet. Washington’s passion for helping students stems from the adversity he faced early on in life. Forced to live in poverty due to his mother’s drug addiction, he grew up sleeping on cardboard boxes, living in parks, and being abused by foster parent after foster parent. Until 8th grade, Washington was in special education classes and was held back on two separate occasions. Despite this adversity, he went on to obtain two college degrees, become a state basketball champion, award-winning poet, McDonalds All- American nominee, nationally recognized actor, and co-founder of Truality.org, a nonprofit organization aimed at inspiring youth to be “TRU The Real U.”

This event is free and open to the Springfield College community and the general public.

Questions? Email dei@springfield.edu

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