The Forward with Hope program aims to engage the community in meaningful conversation about the impact of the 2017 murder of Lt. Richard W. Collins III by a University of Maryland student just days before Lt. Collins’ graduation from Bowie State University. The annual Social Justice Alliance Spring Symposium brings together the Bowie State University and the University of Maryland communities to forge solutions out of tragedy, specifically focused on hate crime legislation and the climate of race relations on college campuses.
Inspired by race scholar Ibram X. Kendi’s New York Times op-ed, “Racial Progress Is Real. But So Is Racist Progress,” the panel discussion by social justice scholars and leaders will address the challenges of confronting racism throughout society, while advocating for racial equity. American history has shown us that even as society makes significant gains in racial progress in an anti-racism movement, white supremacy, anti-Blackness and racism also increases. How do we as scholars, students, advocates and leaders address these racist forces that threaten to undo the racial progress we have made?
Charles Adams, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences & Human Services, Bowie State University
Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Civil Rights Memorial Center
Vice President of the mid-Atlantic/Midwest division of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Rashawn Ray, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland
President, NAACP Student Chapter, University of Maryland
President, Student Government Association, Bowie State University
Dax-Devlon Ross, J.D. (moderator)
Author, social justice consultant, investigative journalist