Black Lives Matter panel to focus on modern culture

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Marshall University’s Students for Appalachian Socialism organization is presenting a Black Lives Matter panel from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday in the Memorial Student Center’s Shawkey Dining Room.

The panel will discuss racial oppression in modern culture as well as racial identity.

Panelists will include Keelon Hinton, Marshall psychology professor, and Lamont Lilly, an activist from North Carolina.

The event is scheduled near the assassination anniversary of human rights activist Malcolm X.

Sophomore Kenedi Wilson said she plans to go to the event.

“I think it’s important to understand where our university stands in terms of racism,” Wilson said. “A lot of times we tend to think that racism ended in the 1960s, but that’s not true. It’s still rather prominent in this rural area we live in.”

Wilson said she hopes to see strong support from the community.

“This is something I feel strongly about,” Wilson said. “I’m really hoping to see a big turnout.”

SAS said they expect an audience of 50-100 members.

Amy Napier can be contacted at [email protected]

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