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Past Event

The Politics of Being Black in the Bay Area: A Town Hall Meeting

Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO, PolicyLink
John Burris, Civil rights attorney
Kevin Epps, Filmmaker and community activist
Kanaja Hann, Student speaker, City of Dreams
Nikki Henderson, Executive Director, People’s Grocery
Paul Henderson, Deputy Chief of Staff & Director of Public Safety, San Francisco
Pastor Michael McBride, Lead pastor, The Way Christian Center
Jari “Sojari” Bradley, Slam Poetry Performer
Josh Merchant, Slam Poetry Performer, Youth Speaks
Demandre Harrison, Student Speaker, Alive & Free
Dr. Joseph Marshall, Founder, Alive & Free; Host, Street Soldiers – Host and Emcee   

In the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, President Obama called on all of us to have conversations in our communities about race relations. The Commonwealth Club will convene local voices from the worlds of law, politics, clergy, the arts and the community to share their stories and further substantive attention on the politics of being African American in the Bay Area. Bay Area Pastor Michael McBride recently stated, “It’s not about the verdict but rather about our values.” Join us to take a look at the values and opportunities that can move the Bay Area forward. 

Come for a 90-minute town hall that will feature short interview, inspiring stories, slam poetry and a community discussion.

July 29, 2013

The Commonwealth Club of California
595 Market St.
San Francisco, 94102
United States


5:15 p.m. check-in
6-7:30 p.m. program
7:30 p.m. audience discussion and reception