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With our condemnation of the senseless murder of George Floyd as our catalyst, North Shore Community College (NSCC) presents the 44th Forum on Tolerance, Black Lives Matter: the U.S. Journey towards Justice and Healing. This free, four-day event will take place in individual segments and will be broadcast on Zoom between October 19-22.

Our virtual series will focus on the history of harassment, profiling, and brutalization of our black citizens by the hands of community policing and the criminal justice system. We will explore steps that might be taken to reverse this systemic racism, help those who have been victimized by it, and heal as a nation and a community.

The keynote for this event will be Georgetown University Professor of Sociology and minister, Michael Eric Dyson  Dr. Dyson is a New York Times contributing opinion writer, a contributing editor of The New Republic, and of ESPN's The Undefeated website. Some of his recent books are The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America (2016), Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America (2017), What Truth Sounds Like (2018), and JAY-Z: Made in America (2019).

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, October 19:  

(Introductions by NSCC Interim President Dr. Nate Bryant and Dr. Sean Bennett)

7:00 - 8:30pm: Keynote Michael Eric Dyson


Tuesday, October 20:  

 2:00 - 4:30pm: Viewing and discussion of the documentary 13th with Professor Nathan Chio

 7:00 - 8:30pm:  Ricky Grant Jr., Chief of Community Engagement, Office of Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins 


Wednesday, October 21:   

2:00 - 3:30pm: Implicit Bias Training with Dr. Maria Vasquez and Dr. Jennifer Harris

7:00 - 8:30pm: Reverend Andre Bennett, NSCC alumnus/ Youth Minister at Zion Baptist Church  


Thursday, October 22:   

7pm:  Performance Artist/ Creator of Princess Day: Celebrating Little Girls of Color, Valerie

All forum events are free and open to the public, but a Zoom pre-registration will be required for each event at

For more information, go to or contact Laurie Carlson at with any questions.

This virtual event is co-sponsored by NSCC’s Office of Student Engagement and Salem State University.

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