Dr. Rhonda Sherrod moderated a panel discussion, on Black Panther, featuring cultural anthropologist and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Comics Studies, Stanford Carpenter, and John Fountain, a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. The discussion on this cultural phenomenon, that has sparked major conversation in the Black community, was amazing! It went over so well, we will do it again in June! The forum took place on Saturday, April 14th at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, Tobin Hall, in Maywood (IL) from 1-4 pm. Other discussants were: tech wiz and activist, James O. Grey, III, Darrick Campbell, author of My Father's Son, Dr. Marva Hall, of the Chicago City Colleges, and Rev. Teddy Matthews of Empowerment Church.
Dr. Rhonda Sherrod presented at the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) Convention in November, 2017.
Dr. Rhonda Sherrod was "honored and excited" to have been selected to present at the 45th Annual National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) Convention in New Orleans on the weekend of November 16th -19th, 2017. Dr. Sherrod premiered a new 90 minute offering, entitled “Dislodging the Brilliant Brain Power of Black Students,” to more than 100 highly engaged and impressed educators. At the workshop, she discussed various strategies and techniques she used, very successfully, as a college educator to “dislodge the brilliance” of students who were underprepared for college. Her repertoire of strategies were well-received by high school educators struggling to engage students, and to inspire and motivate them to higher academic achievement!
Southern Christian Leadership Conference:
Dr. Rhonda Sherrod addressed the 59th Annual Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Convention in Memphis, Tennessee on Friday, July 20, 2017. Audience members and other panelists called her address "highly inspiring," and "very educational" among other compliments!
Founded by a stellar constellation of civil and human rights luminaries, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., SCLC also spun off, through the prescient vision of the illustrious organizer, Ms. Ella Baker, the college youth group SNCC (the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee). Both SCLC and SNCC challenged structural racism and the oppression of Black people (and all people) in this country and worldwide.
The address Dr. Sherrod delivered, and the panel she participated on, pertained to the SCLC selected theme, People vs. Profits, and centered on the criminal justice system and the dragneting of Black people into the prison industrial complex. The panel also featured a representative from the Southern Poverty Law Center, another stalwart human rights organization that stands against racism and oppression, as well as Cook County (Illinois) Sheriff, Tom Dart.
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