Series Archive

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.

What is Race? Unpacking Racism in Our Structures & Institutions

In the inaugural episode of Racism: Dismantling the System, NAACP Louisiana State Conference President Michael McClanahan will moderate a conversation tracing the construction of structures and institutions built on racism in society from the earliest days of the United States. Local and national experts will explore the history of how racism has been built into the fabric of the United States from colonization to slavery to the Civil Rights Movement and beyond.

Blackness and the Media Miniseries

In partnership with Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists and LSU National Association of Black Journalists

The Black Press: Advocating from the Beginning to Today

The first installment of “Blackness and the Media” will feature a conversation about the genesis of the Black Press, its advocacy role, the twists and turns of its existence, and ongoing fight to remain relevant during a time of increased media competition.


Justice For Us All

This second conversation in the Blackness and the Media Miniseries 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.


New Media, New Rules

The final installment in the Blackness and the Media Miniseries, Manship School of Mass Communication Assistant Professor Sheryl Kennedy Haydel, Ph.D., APR, 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.