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Black History Month Lecture

"The Criminal Justice System, #BlackLivesMatter, and College Student Activism Today"

The popularity of the social media hashtag #BlackLivesMatter can be traced to 2012, when George Zimmerman was acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin, a verdict many viewed as an example of the country’s divisive social inequity. The impact of #BlackLivesMatter was felt again last fall, when institutions for higher education received public demands from their students aimed at addressing culture and climate on college campuses and renewing a conversation about the ways society is falling short in its pledge of “liberty and justice for all.”

Benjamin Crump, partner of Parks & Crump Law Firm and known for his cases with civil rights implications, was representing Martin’s family at the start of the national #BlackLivesMatter social movement. More recently, he has served as an advocate for the families of Michael Brown.

During Georgia Tech’s Third Annual Black History Month Lecture, presented by Institute Diversity and African-American Student Union (AASU), Crump will speak on the political and legal implications of his work, as well as:

  • How has the criminal justice system contributed to the recent #BlackLivesMatter and college student activism movements?
  • How can today’s young leaders help make the criminal justice system more equitable?
  • How can we ensure that the most frequently marginalized are protected by their nation’s contract with its constituency?