Toward Racial Justice – A Community Conversation Series

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Systemic problems require systemic change. WITF presents a series of virtual community conversations hosted by Charles Ellison to address systemic racism and injustice in Central Pennsylvania and beyond. The bi-weekly summer series will take a grassroots approach, engaging local community members to shape the conversation and assist in the development, planning, promotion and execution of the series.

Charles D. Ellison is an award-winning thought leader, contributing his advocacy expertise to conversations on intersection of the environment, race and income. He is the Executive Producer & Host of Reality Check on WURD.

Join the first conversation in the series Thursday, June 18 at 7:00pm on WITF’s YouTube channel. Toward Racial Justice: A Conversation on Systemic Racism will explore the roots of institutional racism. What is it and how does it manifest? How do we change the system and break the cycle? What can we do to help make positive lasting change?

Panelists include:

Armenta Hinton, Ph.D. — Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
Jamiel L. Alexander — Community Organizer & National Activist
Dr. Monea Abdul-Majeed — Racial Justice Coordinator, YWCA York
Sam Gerlach — NYU Student & Youth Activist from Northwest Philadelphia

Share your personal experiences or ask questions that we can address during this conversation. Email us at or share your story using #RacialJusticePA.

Our goal is to to elevate underrepresented voices with special emphasis on giving young people a platform to discuss their views. Race and racism are uncomfortable topics. Our objective is to help serve as a catalyst for change by bringing people together to discuss possible solutions and inspire collective action.

The committee of co-organizers include:

  • Major Kristal M. Turner-Childs — Director, Bureau of Forensic Services, Pennsylvania State Police & WITF Board Member
  • Mark Rhodes — Diversity Educator and Strategist, Owner of Key Learning Consultants and a Commissioner with the City of York Human Relations Commission
  • Jankail Adams — Parent Liaison for the PA State GEAR UP-3 program, Harrisburg School District

Then, join us every other Thursday night from 7:00 to 8:30pm (July 2, July 16, July 30, August 13, August 27) as we take an in depth look at topics such as:

  • Internalized Racism & Mental Health
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Education Disparities
  • Policing, Safety & Belonging
  • Healthcare Inequality
  • And more…

The entire series will be live streamed and recorded so those unable to attend can watch, listen and share.

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