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Breathing While Black – Columbus Metropolitan Library
December 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black people are mindful of our skin color even when doing mindless activities. We have learned to be hypervigilant about our black bodies while…
selling bottled water.
napping in a .
mowing the lawn.
going to the store.
walking through a neighborhood.
More than 1 in 6 Black individuals who are pulled over or stopped on the street had similar interactions with police multiple times over the course of the year. Hear’s the truth: it’s growing increasingly difficult to catch our breath as Black people.
But realities of breathing while Black go far deeper than just law enforcement. With pervasive racial inequalities that manifest for those throughout the African Diaspora, the belief that black lives have less value than white lives is more than just words on paper — it’s a stark reality for many.
Join the Columbus African Council and other community partners for a critical conversation on redefining the Black experience. Together, we can work to address systemic racism and develop strategies to make Black empowerment a priority across the African Diaspora.