Conversation on Race and Education, Part II

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:00 pm
Durham Main Library Auditorium
300 N. Roxboro St.
Durham, NC


On June 18, SARN held Conversation on Race and Education, with Durham Public School’s Superintendent Bert L’Homme. He laid out the challenges DPS faces in this time of austerity budgets at every level of government. In Part II we’d like to get back together at the library to explore moving forward on a shared vision for Durham Public Schools.

Forum is organized by Southern Anti-Racism Network (SARN).

Event is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.

Contact: Sandi Velez, or 919-441-7588.

Race and Confederate Symbols – Columbus, GA


Tuesday, August 25, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
640 Veterans Parkway
Columbus, GA


Southern Anti-Racism Network hosted a forum on August 25th to explore the history of the Confederate Battle Flag as adopted in 1956 by the Georgia State Legislature as the state flag.


State Representative Calvin Smyre and State Representative Carolyn Hugley were invited to participate. Both Representative Smyre and Representative Hugley talked about their experiences in 2003 when Governor Roy Barnes led the initiative to remove the Confederate Battle Flag symbol from the state flag.


A brief history was be presented by Theresa El-Amin of the Confederate battle flag as adopted across the South.


The call to remove the Stone Mountain Confederate monument was also discussed.


Contact: Theresa El-Amin, or 762-821-1107

Conversation on Race and Criminal Justice

En Espanol

Reparations Now!

Thursday, October 23, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Hayti Heritage Center
804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham


This forum was the second in a series of conversations to address the impact of “250 years of slavery; 90 years of Jim Crow; 60 years of separate but equal; 35 years of state-sanctioned redlining” as described by Ta-Nehisi Coates in his acclaimed contribution, “The Case For Reparations” printed in the June 2014 issue of The Atlantic.

Larry Hall
N.C. House of Representatives

Sandra Velez
Founding Director, Bridges/Puentes prison ministry

Artemesia Stanberry
Associate Professor, Political Science
North Carolina Central University (NCCU)

State Representative Larry Hall talked about legislation passed and needed to address racial disparities in criminal cases. Sandra Velez provided an eye-witness report of incarceration and its impact on families.

This event was free and open to the general public. Refreshments catered by Blue Coffee Café. For more information contact Rita Gonzalez (Spanish/English) or 919-949-6352.

Conversaciones de Raza y Justicia Penal

Indemnizaciones Ahora!

Jueves, 23 de octubre, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC


Este foro es el segundo de una serie de conversaciones dirigidas sobre el impacto de “250 anos de esclavitud; 90 anos de Jim Crow; 60 anos de separacion pero igual; 35 anos cambiando lineas de distritos con sanciones estatales “Redlining” como describe Ta-Nehisi Coates en su articulo de gran contribucion y reconocida “The Case For Reparations” publicado en junio del 2014 revista The Atlantic.

Oradores Invitados
Larry Hall
Camara de Representantes – NC

Sandra Velez
Directora y Fundadora, Bridges/Puentes Reentry Prison Ministry

Artemesia Stanberry
Profesor Asociado, Siencia Politica
North Carolina Central University (NCCU)

Representante Estatal Larry Hall hablara sobre legislacion aprobada y la necesidad de hablar sobre los puntos de disparidades en caso criminal.  Sandra Velez poveera testimonio de el impacto al las familias y encarcelamiento.

Este evento es gratis y abierto para el public general.  Refrescos por Blue Coffee Café. Para mas informacion: Rita Gonzalez (Espanol/Ingles) o 919-949-6352

Conversation on Race and Reparations


On August 7, 2014, SARN presented a Conversation on Race and Reparations in Durham, N.C. The event was 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Durham County Main Public Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

The speakers were:

William “Sandy” Darity, Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies and Economics at Duke University; and Director, Duke Consortium on Social Equality

Kirsten Mullen, Folklorist and co-author with William Darity of The Big Payback

Larry Reni Thomas, International Organization for Compensation and Reparations for Victims of Wilmington Massacre of 1898, author of The Lady Who Shot Lee Morgan

Theresa El-Amin, SARN Regional Director

The perspective of “a transformation of society” in the injury areas of criminal justice, education, economic inequality, environment (including housing) and health care were explored.

Reparations Now!

On July 17, Akinyele Umoja will speak on the historical basis for the demand of reparations. The “Conversation on Race and Reparations” will take place in Columbus GA at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road. Theresa El-Amin will serve as moderator.