From UUFF Justice Team -- All are invited to join in an important Virtual Event on Thursday, July 9th, beginning at 6pm - "BLACK LIVES MATTER - A CONVERSATION."
Please join us for a round-table discussion about the Black Lives Matter movement with Black community members in Fayetteville. In this program, panel members will discuss the goals, purpose and evolution of the Black Lives Matter movement. As a public institution whose mission is "to strengthen our community and empower our citizens through free and public access to knowledge," we are proud to facilitate access to Black voices and narratives.
Our moderator will be Dequeshia Prude-Wheeler.
Dequeshia is a local attorney and alumna of the University of Arkansas School of Law, as well as the only Black woman lawyer in private practice in NWA.
Dr. Caree Banton - Assistant Professor of Afro-Caribbean History at the U of A.
Caree is an Associate Professor of Afro-Caribbean History at the University of Arkansas who is jointly appointed in History and African and African American Studies. Her research focuses on movements around abolition, emancipation, colonization as well as ideas of citizenship, blackness, and nationhood in the 19
Jared Carter - Founder of HandsUpNWA
Jared is the founder of the local organization Hands Up NWA. HandsUpNWA is a collective movement between Northwest Arkansas & KCMO whose mission is to raise awareness regarding the infringement of human rights by authorities.
Olivia Patterson - Representative of the Teen Action and Support Center
Olivia is an upcoming sophomore at Haas Hall Academy in Rogers. As a young black woman, Olivia believes that everyone deserves to be treated with basic human decency, kindness and respect. She is also the founder of "Art by Olivia,"a business in which she paints customized pieces for customers.
Also the Black Student Caucus at the University of Arkansas will be sending a representative to participate as a panelist.
This panel discussion will be held at 6pm on Thursday, July 9th and is accessible by visiting
Following the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity for respectful, virtual audience participation in accordance with established community guidelines. This program is open to all ages.