Widespread protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd have sparked a national conversation about racial justice. In this roundtable discussion, activists, artists, policymakers, and scholars explore how that conversation is taking shape in Las Vegas. How can street rallies translate into real change? What can be done to reform the police and expand economic opportunity in communities of color? How does a movement evolve into a coalition that bridges the divides of race, class, and gender identity? This conversation, moderated by professor and writer Erica Vital-Lazare, will examine the fight for racial justice in Las Vegas.
Aaron Ford, Nevada Attorney General and former state legislator supporting criminal-justice reform
Tenisha Freedom, organizer and activist raising awareness of police violence and racial injustice
Tyler D. Parry, Assistant Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at UNLV
Lance L. Smith, a multidisciplinary artist, illustrator, and teacher
Reverend Vance “Stretch” Sanders, Baptist youth pastor and president of All Shades United