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Reflecting on Charleston: Looking at the Institutional Realities of Racism

Partners for a Racism-Free Community will be hosting a community dialogue in response to the most recent tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina. “Reflecting on Charleston: Looking at the Institutional Realities of Racism” is an opportunity for local community members to participate in an open dialogue about race as it relates to the organizational structures impacting their lives on a daily basis. The event will be a shared space for the community and leaders of institutions to engage in a meaningful exchange as we seek to ensure that the lives of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Tywanza Sanders, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Reverend Daniel L. Simmons, Reverend Depayne Middleton-Doctor, and Susie Jackson are honored with action.


The event will begin with a 45-minute panel discussion and conclude with questions posed by audience members to panelists. We are happy to announce that Diana Sieger of Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Jorge Gonzalez of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Victoria Gibbs of Madison Square Church, Steffanie Rosalez of Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities and Jamal Spencer from WZZM 13, have all agreed to offer their perspectives on the roles of institutions in combating racism in the community.


This event is scheduled to take place Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 4pm at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Downtown Grand Rapids building. This event is being done in partnership with the Cooley Law – Grand Rapids Chapter of the Black Law Student Association.


This event is open to the public and free of charge.


Any inquiries regarding the event can be sent to Breannah Alexander at or contact us in our office at 616.466.6187.



07/09/2015 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm


Grand Rapids WMU-Cooley Law School
111 Commerce Avenue Southwest
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503