ASK THE DA: Marking Black History Month

February 13, 2013 Editorial Staff
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Each year, my office celebrates Black History Month by recognizing the accomplishments of African-Americans throughout our history. Black History Month is a time to learn, honor and celebrate the achievements of black men and women throughout history.

Last year, I was very proud to announce a proclamation between my office and Medgar Evers College outlining our plans to hold an annual symposium addressing the impact of race and the law on society to take place every February coinciding with Black History Month.

The ultimate goal of this collaboration is aimed at keeping the community informed about significant issues that impact our community and particularly our young people.

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This year, I am proud to announce that in collaboration with Medgar Evers College, we will be presenting a symposium on race, law and justice entitled “Strategies for closing the school-to-prison pipeline.”

This symposium will be held on Thursday, February 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, February 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Medgar Evers College, located at 1150 Carroll Street.

Nationally recognized educators, academics, prosecutors, social workers, judges and faith leaders, along with local parents and students, will discuss public policy, criminal justice and our society.

At the forefront of this issue both nationally and in New York, the Honorable Judith Kaye, former chief judge of the state of New York and chair, New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children, will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, February 14. Also, New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott will present the keynote address on Friday, February 15.

For more information or to register for this free symposium, email [email protected], or call 718-250-2988.

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