Black History Month: SU event calls for police reform and equality

SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury University is trying to call to attention the need for police reform and equality among African-Americans with an upcoming event — while also celebrating Black History Month.

On Wednesday, February 17, panelists, students, and attendees will join in on an online event called “The Protests….Now What?” That event, we’re told is an opportunity to discuss the death of Anton Black,  the 19-year-old who died in 2018 while in police custody in Greensboro.

It will also dive into how his death led to a local and state movement for equality and police reform. That’s something that the event organizer Richard Potter says is all too needed, especially now.

“I think we have known, and when I say “we,” Black people have known this for umpteen years, but I think what is happening now is we are getting white allies to come and they’re seeing that there is something that is just not right, that there is a disconnect,” Potter says. “And we have to be able to fix the disconnect in a way where our communities can feel like they are being supported by the police and the police can feel like our community is supporting them as well.”

He continues, “Our country is built off of the backs of slaves. So that has to be acknowledged. Our country is what it is because of Black people. So for us to take a month, 28 days to celebrate that I think it’s definitely worth it, if not even more.”

Panelists for the event include people like the Attorney for Anton Black’s Family, Anton’s sister , and the legal director for the Maryland ACLU.

If you would like to listen in on the conversation all you have to do is sign up for the event. The link to do that is on Salisbury University’s African American History Month webpage, here.

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