#BlackLivesMatter-Newark – with Rodney Gilbert: Tribute to a Newark ‘Creative’

Saturday, February 10, 2018
12:30 – 4:30 pm
Centennial Hall, Main Library
5 Washington Street, Newark

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This special day begins at 12:30 pm with a tribute to the late Rodney Gilbert (above), actor, director, teacher, and tireless promoter for a more creative community.

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The tribute will feature poet Mia X (above left), who was mentored by Gilbert .  As part of the Gilbert tribute, the 2016 feature documentary A Way Out (above right) will be screened, starting at 1:00 pm.  Rodney Gilbert was one of three men of color profiled in the film by Gladys Bensimon.

The #BlackLivesMatter movement was founded in 2013 by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi as a call to action after the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012 at the hands of George Zimmerman who was subsequently acquitted of charges in 2013.

On February 10, the Newark Public Library’s 3rd Annual Black Lives Matter-Newark panel discussion will begin at 2:00 pm, and will examine how we got here and the systemic challenges our families and communities consistently face. Panelists will provide action steps to help repair the damage and prepare for the future.

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Moderator: Lori Scott-Pickens (above), Director, Community Outreach, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University-Newark

Dr Robert Johnson  Fatimah Muhammad  Demelza Baer(1)  Alfred Bundy

Panelists: Robert L. Johnson, MD, FAAP (above left), The Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Endowed Dean, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; Fatimah Loren Muhammad (above center left), Director for the Trauma Advocacy Initiative, Equal Justice USA; Demelza Baer (above center right), Senior Counsel and Director of the Economic Mobility Initiative at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, and Alfred Bundy (above right), Co-Founder, American Black Male Leadership Institute.

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PNC Foundation is proud to support the Newark Public Library’s Black History Celebration exhibition and public programs.

For information about Black History Celebration 2018, please click here.