Hidden in Plain Sight: Exposing the Cost of Racism
October 30 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm$95.00
Race Matters for Juvenile Justice is hosting its second annual conference. The day-long event will include featured speaker Ramona Brant as well as facilitated conversations around change in 14 different community systems.
The conference, which will run from 8:00 a.m. till 4:30 pm on October 30, will convene dynamic leaders across systems to discuss the overt and covert costs of racism within our Community and to collaborate to provide viable strategies for change.
The conference will include presenters from Arts & Science Council, Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte Police Department, Council for Children’s Rights, Levine Museum of the New South, Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services, Novant Health, NAACP, UNC-Charlotte, and WBTV.
Cost is $95.00. Deadline for registration is Friday, October 13. More information and online registration is available at the RMJJ Conference Web Page.
Keynote Speaker: Ramona Brant
In 1995, Ramona Brant was convicted of a nonviolent drug conspiracy charge related to her then boyfriend’s drug dealing. Ramona was a victim of domestic violence and had no prior criminal record. Nonetheless, she was charged, tried, and convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
After spending over 20 years in prison, Ramona received a commutation from President Barack Obama and was released in February 2016. Ramona now travels around the country telling her story and educating communities about the impact of domestic violence, mass incarceration, and mandatory minimum sentences on families and communities. Ramona has spoken at the White House regarding reentry; at Columbia Law School’s Real Women Real Voices Symposium; and at symposiums at Yale University and Seattle University. She has also served as a panelist in numerous church and community conferences. Her story has been featured in national and local media including National Public Radio (NPR), TIME, Newsday, People Magazine, The Guardian, and North Carolina’s WSOC-TV.