Racism: Dismantling the System

The LSU Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, in partnership with Southern University's Nelson Mandela College of Government & Social Sciences, Louisiana Budget Project, NAACP Louisiana State Conference and LSU Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is pleased to present Racism: Dismantling the System, an ongoing series of conversations about structural racism and solution-oriented action toward equal opportunity and justice in our communities. The series will amplify the voices of community advocates, academics, journalists and more working for social justice in our nation and beyond.

October Miniseries in partnership with Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists and LSU National Association of Black Journalists

October 21 | Justice for Us All: Black Journalists and Their Continued Fight for Accuracy, Representation and a Seat at the Table | 3:30 p.m. CST

This conversation will focus on Black representation in mainstream media outlets, as journalists and decision-makers are paramount in the continued fight for racial equity and social justice.
Panelists include: 

  • Sheryl Kennedy Haydel, Ph.D., APR, Assistant Professor in Public Relations, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, Moderator
  • Jarvis DeBerry, Editor, States Newsroom, Louisiana
  • Brandi Harris, Morning Anchor, WBRZ News 2
  • Angel Jennings, Assistant Managing Editor for Culture and Talent, Los Angeles Times
  • Marc Spears, Senior NBA Writer The Undefeated

October 28 | New Media, New Rules: How Social Media and Digital Media Outlets Help Expand the Black Narrative and March Toward Real Systemic Change |  3:30 p.m. CST

In the final installment, Kennedy Haydel will moderate a conversation about how social media influencers are leveraging their followers to champion social justice and equality for Black communities near and far.