1st Annual Salt Lake Black August for Black Justice

1st Annual Salt Lake Black August for Black Justice

(this time is based on U.S. Mountain Time)

August 21, 2020

Free and Open to the Public
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9am to 1pm western time
10am to 2pm mountain time
11am to 3pm central time
12pm to 4pm eastern

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Facilitated by
Rita Branch-Davis and Gina Alfred

Utah Reintegration Project, Salt Lake Community College

Sponsored by
Institute for Critical Animal Studies
Save the Kids
Utah Reintegration Project
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, and Transformation Office
Poetry Behind the Walls
Arissa Media Group

Black August founded in 1970 to honor Fallen Black liberationists is a month to honor Black liberation. August is noted by Black liberationists as the month to celebrate Black history and revolutionaries. Black August events have often included supporting political prisoners, youth justice, Hip Hop, dance, protests, lectures, and educational forums. Black August events are family friendly and open to the public. For more information on Black August click here.


10:00am to 1:20am – Organizing for African Liberation, Moneka Stevens

During the panel Moneka Stevens will be sharing about Organizing for African Liberation. She is an organizer with All African People’s Revolutionary Party, Building Power for Black New Mexico and Save the Kids from Incarceration. At 17 she started organizing and working in community centered approaches and youth development. At Future Focused Education Moneka serves as the Community Engagement Director with an emphasis on innovative education. She serves on the Board of Dorn Community Charter School, Together for Brothers and Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. She has a master’s in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico. 

10:20am to 10:30am – Q and A

10:30am to 10:50am – Fugitive Poetics In A Moment Of George Floyd, Keno Evol

Keno Evol is a poet, educator and independent scholar based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Black Table Arts. Keno Evol is editor of A Garden Of Black Joy: Global Poetry From The Edges of Liberation And Living. At his core he is a facilitator of empathy and imagination. His work hones in on the literary arts and the black radical tradition as curriculum for the future.  Evol has received the Verve Grant, the Beyond the Pure fellowship, The Emerging Writers Grant and The Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for his work.

10:50am to 11:00am – Q and A

11:00am to 11:20am – Black Liberation in Food Justice/System, Alisha Page

Alisha Page is a community advocate for change and passionate about ending mass incarceration. She’s has volunteered for the last 8 years creating and assisting with reentry programs. Additionally, an active comrade with Save the Kids originally with Wisdom Behind Walls but now wherever she is needed. She actively attends juvenile court advocating for families caught up in the system. Ms. Page facilitates equity training for k-12, and often provides guidance on teacher retraining. Ms. Page is also a small business owner who is passionate about helping people start businesses, help small businesses expand, rebuild their credit,  and work on debt. She has been providing community workshops for financial literacy and small business for the past fifteen years. Ms. Pages holds a degree in Psychology concentration in Financial Management and B.A. in Sociology.

11:20am to 11:30am – Q and A

11:30am to 11:50am – Hip Hop Saved My Life, Mac Allred

Mac Allred has always wanted to help people. It started when he was small and placed in a city-wide poetry contest. From there he saw that if you cared, then people might just listen to you. Growing up in North Carolina, Mac saw the differences between class and race. When his life hit a detour, Mac found out what the Juvenile Justice System was like. It was then that Mac decided he could never be back in a situation where this was the result of his actions. After spending an ill-prepared year in college, Mac decided to join the US Navy. It was a path that led to great high, and massive lows. Mac traveled the world and was able to see, again, the differences between race and class. Currently settling in Utah, Mac has found his inner activist. Some of that came though his desire to help, and other parts came from the way the world was moving.

11:50am to 12:00pm – Q and A

12:00pm to 12:20pm – The Power is The Fight: Hip Hop Culture as Liberation for Black Life, Dr. Daniel White Hodge

Daniel White Hodge is Professor of Intercultural Communications & department chair of Communication Arts Department at North Park University in Chicago. His research interests are the intersections of religion, Hip Hop culture, race/ethnicity, & young adult emerging generations. His latest publications are Hip Hop’s Hostile Gospel: A Post Soul Theological Exploration (Brill Academic 2017) Homeland Insecurity: A Hip Hop Missiology for the Post-Civil Rights Context (IVP Academic 2018) and Baptized In Dirty Water: Reimagining The Gospel According to Tupac Amaru Shakur (Wipf & Stock 2019). He hosts a weekly podcast, Profane Faith.  More can be found at www.whitehodge.com and www.whitehodgepodcasts.com

12:20pm to 12:30pm – Q and A

12:30pm to 12:50pm – College Athletes and COVID-19 , AC Cox

Distinguished as the second African-American graduate of PGA Golf Management in the United States, Ashley “AC” Cox was raised in Pass Christian, Mississippi and relocated to Salt Lake City from Aurora, Colorado, January 2016.  He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration in marketing at George Fox University.  AC completed his MBA at Campbell University and his BBA in Professional Golf Management at Mississippi State University. A recognized 20-year veteran in the golf industry and past member of the Colorado PGA Section Board of Directors, AC most recently was the manager of educational development and recruiting for GolfTEC Industries, the nation’s leader in golf instruction.  There, he recruited, hired, and trained new, certified personal coaches for corporate and franchise GolfTEC Improvement Centers.  Before joining GolfTEC, AC served as assistant director of the PGA Golf Management Program at Campbell University, where he was also an accomplished marketing instructor.  He also worked as the director of instruction for the PGA Golf Management Program at North Carolina State University. AC’s area of research interests includes Behavioral Economics, Consumerism and Consumer Behavior, Sports Consumption, Sports Economics.

12:50pm to 1:00pm – Q and A

1:00pm to 1:20pm – Keep that Same Energy: Sustaining the Movement beyond the Current Moment, Dr. Don Sawyers III

Don Sawyer, Ph.D., currently serves as the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at Quinnipiac University. He is also a tenured Associate Professor of Sociology. He’s an applied sociologist with research interests that include urban education, hip-hop, international program development, and reentry of the formerly incarcerated. He is dedicated to doing work for and with people who are marginalized in society.  

1:20pm to 1:30pm – Q and A

1:30pm to 1:50pm -KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Dr. Clifton Sanders

Clifton G. Sanders, received his doctorate from University of Utah and his bachelors from Hamline University. Sanders is the Provost for Academic Affairs at Salt Lake Community College. He has more than 25 years teaching, administrative and leadership experience in higher education. He led the development of several STEM programs and is a collaborator on several local, regional and national initiatives on education, diversity and inclusivity, and workforce development. His scientific work resulted in six patents in biomaterials technology.  He is a University of Utah Chemistry Department Distinguished Alumnus, and he coauthored a 2009 paper on music and democracy published in Radical Philosophy Review.

1:50pm to 2:00pm – Q and A