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Exploring Issues of Race, Poverty & Social Justice with Prof. Nekima Levy-Pounds

Humanists of Minnesota is pleased to welcome Nekima Levy-Pounds to our January Chapter meeting. In this talk, Professor Levy-Pounds will offer insights on the racial disparities that impact communities of color in Minnesota, some of the underlying causes of the disparities and recommendations for change. Come prepared to gain a fresh awareness of the problems that exist and new ideas for being part of the solutions. Nekima Levy-Pounds is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and the founder and director of the Community Justice Project, an award-winning civil rights legal clinic. Levy-Pounds teaches and trains law students to use the law as a tool to advance the cause of justice in society, especially on behalf of the poor and working poor. Levy-Pounds is a frequent commentator in the media on civil rights issues, a lecturer, public speaker, and scholar-activist in local, national, and international forums. Levy-Pounds focuses on issues at the intersection of race, poverty, and the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems, as well as in challenging laws and policies that produce disparate outcomes for poor communities of color. Levy-Pounds was recently appointed as chairperson of the Minnesota State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and was awarded the 2011 Shanara Gilbert Award by the American Association of Law Schools. Levy-Pounds also serves on the Board of Directors of the Minneapolis Foundation and Brotherhood, Inc.

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  • Shana

    She was a great speaker and I was really motivated by her message. The talk reminded me that I have much in common with people who envision a better world, regardless of faith/lack thereof.

    January 25, 2012

  • Douglas H.

    This was one of the best I have ever attended, and not just because I was an instigator of this area of humanist need. No this is what we need more of, all of us.

    Doug Hadden

    January 23, 2012

  • Audrey K.

    An excellent presentation by Prof. Levy-Pounds on a topic we as humanists should be especially concerned about. I hope we can give some further thought on how we could be change agents for a more equitable society.

    January 22, 2012

  • Chuck G.

    Very good well informed speaker

    January 22, 2012

  • Nathan C.

    A thoughtprovoking but troubling discussion of the wide inequality between African Americans and the general population in our state of Minnesota. The emphasis on discrepencies between our inner city public schools and suburbia was heart wrenching and evoked discussions (but no conclusions) on why our education/judicial system cannot address the problem without perpetuating the cycles of generational poverty and hopelessness.

    January 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent presentation. Lot of work to be done in this arena.

    January 22, 2012

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