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Toward Racial Justice Series Continues with an Exploration of Race and Identity in the Media

WITF’s series of virtual community conversations hosted by Charles Ellison addressing systemic racism and injustice in Central Pennsylvania and beyond continues Thursday, October 8 at 7pm.

Join us as we examine race and identity in the media. During this conversation, we’ll discuss the role that news organizations play in covering people of color and the direct impact it can have on stereotypes, cultural perceptions and society as a whole. We’ll also examine the power of the media and who makes the decisions for what to cover, publish and broadcast.

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Panelists include:

Sandra Clark—Vice President for News & Civic Dialogue at WHYY in Philadelphia

Marquise Davon Richards—Reading, PA native and Host of the podcast “Dear Reading”

David Stamps—Assistant Professor in Strategic Communication & Mass Media, Louisiana State University

Torraine Walker—Writer, Independent Journalist & Founder of Context Media Group

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

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Thursday, October 8 at 7pm
Streamed LIVE on WITF’s YouTube Channel

Our goal is 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:

  • Jankail Adams — Parent Liaison for the PA State GEAR UP-3 program, Harrisburg School District
  • Sharia Benn — President & Executive Artistic Director of Sankofa African American Theatre Company
  • Corey Dupree — Chief Operating Officer at The Bridge: Eco Village in Harrisburg
  • Stephanie A. Jirard — Chief Diversity Officer & Professor of Criminal Justice at Shippensburg University
  • Mark Rhodes — Diversity Educator and Strategist, Owner of Key Learning Consultants and a Commissioner with the City of York Human Relations Commission
  • Delma Rivera-Lytle — Diversity Education Specialist at Central York School District
  • Major Kristal M. Turner-Childs — Director, Bureau of Forensic Services, Pennsylvania State Police & WITF Board Member

The entire series will be live streamed and recorded so those unable to attend can watch, listen and share. Visit to watch past conversations and find additional resources.

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