Million Hoodies Director Dante Barry to visit Centre College, October 20-22
Centre College has long been regarded as a place where “important conversations take place,” and a forthcoming convocation builds on this distinguished reputation. Dante Barry (pictured above), deputy director of the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, will visit Centre’s campus to offer the convocation “Black Lives Matter” on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. in Newlin Hall. The event is presented by Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) and co-sponsored by Centre’s Bonner Scholars Program and CentrePeace student organization.
Dante Barry is a leading force in the contemporary movement for racial justice. He is best known for his work with the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, a national youth organization that works to protect and empower young people of color from racial profiling and senseless gun violence. A prolific speaker, Barry has been featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Al Jazeera America, the HLN news network and regularly speaks at conferences nationwide. Barry’s convocation will look at the re-emergence of black activism since the murder of Trayvon Martin and how it relates to the fight for racial justice in Ferguson, Mo., Ohio, New York City and beyond.
Parker Lawson ’15, president of DKE, the organization responsible for arranging Barry’s visit to Centre, sees this as a unique opportunity for the fraternity to host a community-wide event that addresses a number of challenging topics.
“I met Dante Barry when I was working in New York City and immediately thought of bringing him to campus,” says Lawson. “His energy is inspiring and I think his message is one that needs to be heard.”
Mark Addison, community service coordinator for Bonner, agrees that this convocation will contribute to an ongoing national conversation about racial equality that is important to students at Centre.
“I believe Dante Barry’s visit offers our campus community the opportunity to emotionally connect with a national and cultural debate with regard to racial treatment through Barry’s personal experiences, as well as the stories of the youth with whom he has worked,” says Addison.
Barry’s visit comes at an important time, when students across the nation are discussing systemic issues such as white privilege, race-based violence and gun violence.
“To engage with a nationally renowned leader in this space will spur conversations and debates that continue long after Dante’s visit concludes,” adds Lawson.
The convocation’s sponsors expect a large turnout for the event, and hope as many members of the Centre community as possible will take advantage of this opportunity to hear Barry speak.
During his visit to Centre, Barry will also speak to Associate Professor of Anthropology Andrea Abrams’ class “Race and Ethnicity,” in addition to a discussion with the Bonner Scholars.