Three HWS faculty members have organized a non-violent procession, performance and eulogy to begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1 in honor of the life of Michael Brown and the other black men and women who have not received justice during their lives. Assistant Professor of Philosophy Rodmon King, Associate Professor of Theatre Heather May and Assistant Professor of Political Science Justin Rose said they organized the event to both show solidarity with Michael Brown’s family and the families of all whose lives are disregarded and devalued, as well as to demonstrate that they refuse to silently accept the outcome as business as usual.
“While this event comes on the heels of a grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, we want to make it clear that we are concerned about the greater disregard for black life that is evidenced in the recent killings of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Eric Garner, Tamir E. Rice, among others and the lack of justice that often accompanies their deaths,” says Rose.
The peaceful protest will begin on the steps of the Scandling Campus Center with a processional through campus, ending at the Barn. At the Barn, members of Mosaic NY will present a performance in protest for what happened in Ferguson, Mo. This piece will be followed by eulogies for the disregard of black lives. The event will conclude with space for people to share their reflections.
Participants are asked to wear black and dress warmly, and should feel free to add personal statements and reflections through signs, symbolic scarves, hats, etc.
King, May and Rose urge the HWS community to spread the word and strengthen the numbers of demonstrators, showing that HWS and the Geneva community believe that black lives matter. To share the event on Facebook, please go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1547063318841967.