There is no doubt that the events happening in Ferguson, Missouri, have sparked conversations about the state of race in America. Closer to home, conversations have been going on in Little Rock as well.
On Monday, I was joined by Rep. Fredrick Love on KABF 88.3 FM to discuss the local implications of the Ferguson tragedy and the state of race relations. On Wednesday night, I attended a stirring community forum at Philander Smith College on constitutional rights, police confrontation and community organizing.
Now, I invite you to watch the show, Minority Matters, on the local AETN channel scheduled to air at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, to continue the discussion. Sylvester Smith is the host and joining me as guests are Tjuana Byrd, attorney at law, and Dr. Terry Trevino-Richard, chair of the UALR Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
We must continue to talk openly and honestly about these issues if we are to ever achieve equal justice for all people.
Dr. Michael R. Twyman
Director, UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity
Watch Minority Matters on AETN at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31
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The Institute on Race and Ethnicity at UALR was founded in July 2011. With a vision to make Arkansas the best state in the country for promoting and celebrating racial and ethnic diversity, the Institute conducts research, promotes scholarship and provides programs that address racial inequities. It does so by facilitating open and honest dialogue aimed at empowering communities and informing public policy to achieve more equitable outcomes. For more information, visit ualr.edu/race-ethnicity or the Institute’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Arkworktogether.