Rethinking Race Film Festival

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021 at 11:00am

Akron, OH 44301

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Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond

A virtual forum in which race and race-related issues can be discussed, examined, and hopefully, better understood through conversations, film, and speakers. Rethinking Race hopes to engage the public with important topics such as diversity in the workplace and awareness of issues and culture.


11:00am - 12:00pm: Connecting Cultures: Explore The Philippines:

Student guest presenter Ronald Villaber invites you to take a Glimpse of the Pearl of the Orient Seas, and to explore The Philippines.

This event is part of an ongoing weekly series that aims to share the diverse home countries/cultures of our international students with the campus community. This week, we will visit The Philippines with our student presenter Ronald Villaber who will share information about his home country.

Cost: Free

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2:15pm - 3:15pm: Sustained Fear: Generational Mistrust in the Time of Covid:

When groups have relationships that are built on mistrust and fear, how will they go forward in extreme circumstances like a global pandemic? This panel conversation was designed a part of Heather Pollock’s Social Sciences Honors Colloquium, The Culture of Fear, in order to discuss the effects of Sustained Fear.

Billi Copeland-King, Director of the Summa Health Equity Center  who is also an attorney that has filed civil rights cases along with Iriel Hopkins, Summa’s Director of Community Relations and Diversity, will discuss the layered approach to stopping covid-19 and providing effective messaging about the vaccine, in communities of color. Their work is affected by a long-standing and tragic history of mistrust of the medical profession, predicated on a relationship which includes experimentation, dishonesty, and abuse.

Cost: Free

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5:30pm - 6:30pm: “Racism Is a Public Health Crisis”

In 2020, states, counties, cities, and organizations across the country proclaimed “Racism Is a Public Health Crisis.” What does that mean? And what can we do about it? Learn more about WHY racism is a public health crisis, what is being done in the wake of these pronouncements, and what we must all do to be part of the solution.

Moderator: Veronica Sims, MPA, Summit County Councilwoman


Emilia Sykes, JD, MPH. Minority Leader, Ohio House of Representatives

Bishop F. Josephus Johnson, II, Senior Pastor of The House of the Lord; Chief Relational Trustee of the City of Akron Racial Equity and Social Justice Taskforce

Judi Hill, President, Akron NAACP

Tracy Carter, MHSA. System Director, Government Relations, Summa Health

Cost: Free

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6:00pm: African Dance Night

African Dance Night: African Dance Night is a virtual dance class in collaboration with Cumbe the Center for African and Diaspora Dance. This event will include a short informational session as well as learning dance moves from West Africa. There will also be a live drummer to help keep the beats! Click here to reserve your spot.

Sponsored by the Zips Programming Network

Cost: Free

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