Dr. Brandon Crowley, Mr. Devon Jerome Crawford, and Rev. Alicia Johnson will hold a panel discussion on systemic racism. Systemic racism is embedded as normal practice in nearly every aspect of American life. It refers to the systems in place that maintain racial inequities by creating disparities in the criminal justice system, employment, housing, health care, politics, and education. Systemic racism is particularly insidious because we may not even recognize that it exists. Join us to learn how to recognize and how to combat systemic racism.
Brandon Thomas Crowley PhD is a scholar in ecclesiology and theology. He serves as the Senior Pastor of The Historic Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton, MA and as an adjunct instructor of Theological Meaning Making for Harvard Divinity School.
Devon Jerome Crawford is the Director of the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Devon brings academic and organizing rigor to a career focused on catalyzing systemic social change. A licensed minister and non-violent activist, Crawford provided public leadership in the cases of Troy Davis, Trayvon Martin, and Michael Brown.
The Reverend Alicia Marie Johnson serves as the Assistant Pastor of the Historic Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton. She is committed to finding sustainable, creative, and meaningful ways to build strong and healthy individuals and communities. In addition to her ministry work, she works in the field of educational neuroscience, serving as the Assistant Director of the MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program.
This program is offered in collaboration with Courageous Conversations and eight Merrimack Valley libraries - Burlington Public Library, Haverhill Public Library, Lawrence Public Library, Memorial Hall Library, Nevins Memorial Library, Stevens Memorial Library, Tewksbury Public Library & Wilmington Memorial Library.
Thank you to the Burlington Public Library for organizing this event.