MLK Symposium Draws Important Conversations

Student Board Represented Well
Posted on 01/16/2023
Image of MLK SymposiumAkron Public Schools student board member Kaysie Anderson was a panelist on the MLK Symposium on Saturday, January 14, with National Activist Tamika Mallory, Attorney Bobby DiCello and Akron NAACP President Judi Hill along with other national and local leaders. The MLK to JFJ: Justice for Jayland Symposium was held at the Goodyear Theater in Akron. The symposium was moderated by the Rev. Mark Thompson of New York, host of the podcast “Make it Plain.” Panelists discussed MLK’s legacy and topics such as how media depictions of police brutality can induce trauma for the Black audience. The symposium was also live-streamed on national journalist Roland S. Martin's YouTube Channel.

Participants also discussed current issues in Akron, including the recent passage of Issue 10, the citizen-initiated referendum to establish a police oversight board. Saturday’s symposium was part of the MLK “Power, Love and Justice” weekend series of events, which included a gospel concert Friday evening. Akron Public schools students, parents and staff attended the gospel concert with Akron Public Schools Superintendent Christine Fowler Mack.

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