Statement to the University Community Regarding Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas Shootings

In response to the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and five DART officers, Chancellor Hank Foley sent this statement to the university community calling for a moment of silence at 1 p.m., Friday, July 8.

The Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity also offers the following resources for those who are hurting and grieving, those who want to offer love and support to those most affected, and those who want to work toward preventing future tragedies.

Support Resources

Upcoming Events

Grieve-In against Police Killings of People of Color

Friday, July 8, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Wilkes Blvd. United Methodist Church, 702 Wilkes Blvd., Columbia, MO 65201

This grieve-in is a peaceful event intended to create a safe space for grieving the deaths of people of color and the historical violence and injustice they suffer. This event is explicitly non-violent and anything beyond peaceful protest and a safe space to name and express anger and frustration will not be tolerated.

Co-sponsors of this event include, but are not limited to Dawson Journeys Ministry, Co Mo Intersectionality, Race Matters, Friends, the Unitarian Universalist Church Committee on Race, Faith Voices, and the African American Clergy Coalition of Mid-Missouri. Please come out and join together to call for justice to roll like a river, and an everflowing stream. More information available here.

Listen. Talk. Learn. Community Session

Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Hickman High School, 1104 North Providence Road, Columbia, MO 65203

Diversity Awareness Partnership is facilitating a free dialogue for members of the community to have constructive discussions about race, racism, unconscious bias, and disempowerment. Please register for this session here.

Fear of a Black Planet: An Open Mic Event

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
The Shack, MU Student Center (enter through the Rollins, Northeast or Northwest doors.)

In light of recent and continuing police shootings of black folk, the Department of Black Studies is hosting an open mic event for the MU and Columbia community. Inspired by the notion set forth in Public Enemy's classic album Fear of a Black Planet, members of the audience will be invited to share personal reflections and personal narratives. This even twill be recorded.

Educational Resources

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