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Racial Justice Protests and the First Amendment Webinar


Janae' Cotton, MTN Reporter

September 16th, 2020


`The Black Lives Matter movement has spread across the U.S. and around the globe.

As these protests spread across the world against police brutality, systemic racism, and injustice, this is a good time to educate our communities and spread knowledge of what we can do to empower black lives and people of color within our communities and our world.

On Wednesday, September 16, Middle Tennessee State University is holding a discussion panel via Zoom about the protests across the country in the context of U.S. history and the First Amendment.

Moderating the event is Keonte Coleman, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media at MTSU. Alongside him the audience will hear insights from expert panelists:

- Ashley Howard, assistant professor of African American history at the University of Iowa, who has studied the 1960s resistance to racial oppression

- Ryan Haas, news editor with Oregon Public Broadcasting who has led a team covering the Portland protests

- Ken Paulson, director of MTSU’s Free Speech Center


Following the discussion panelists will be open to a Q&A.