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II: Racial Injustice – How Criminal Injustice and the Call for Reform Intersect
February 11, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST
The York Public Library Race and Equity Forum with Dustin Ward, held on Thursdays in February from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, is a 4-week series of conversations with Maine-based Racial Equity and Reconciliation Advocate Dustin Ward. Each session will consist of a guided conversation on a facet of the intersection of racism and equity in our society, using books, articles, and/or other material to further delve into the topic. These interactive sessions will allow for question-and-answer periods and discussion of the suggested reading. All materials will be available on the Library website with the exception of one book, The Autobiography of Malcom X, which may be borrowed from the Library.
RACE AND EQUITY FORUM, SESSION II (2/11)
Racial Injustice: How Criminal Injustice and the Call for Reform Intersect
This session of the Race and Equity Forum is focused on the criminal system and how efforts to reform society through legislation were negatively focused towards black communities. This will also highlight the need to call out injustices, in the forms of current Black Lives Matter protests and Malcolm X and the Civil Rights Movement.
This is an online event held via Zoom. Register for this session and/or others in the series here.
Because of the complex nature of discussions around Race and Equity, none of our programs will be recorded. Our focus is creating authentic discussion, and while materials will be archived, personal statements will not.
ABOUT DUSTIN WARD Hailing from Presque Isle, Maine, after being adopted as a 2-month-old from Melbourne, Florida, Dustin graduated P.I. High School in ‘06 with his sights set on becoming a lawyer. Landing at the University of Southern Maine, he achieved a B.S. in Political Science and a minor in Economics. His desire and love for law, politics, and ethnic & racial studies grew during his time away at college.
Upon graduating from USM in 2010, Dustin felt a calling to pursue ministry work, deciding to become a pastor. While attending Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, he and his wife felt called back home to Maine after 3 years in Massachusetts, focusing on beginning ministry work in Maine. He completed his Master of Divinity from GCTS in the spring of 2019.
Although Dustin has experienced many levels and aspects of racism, from school, church, and his surroundings, the death of George Floyd, at the hands of police, sparked Dustin’s decision to step away from ministry and pursue advocacy for his black and brown brothers and sisters. His passion and desire is to work toward ending systemic racism and to be a change agent for the lives of black and brown men and women in communities in Maine and New England. He is the Founder and President of It Is Time, LLC.
Read/Watch Ahead of Time:
A Black woman says she was racially harassed for years. Police acted only after her story went viral. Janelle Griffith / NBC News
‘Not by accident’: False ‘thug’ narratives have long been used to discredit civil rights movements Safia Samee Ali / NBC News
Black firefighters in NC allege racism amid larger reckoning The Associated Press
The Autobiography of Malcom X (the first half)