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Race, Law Enforcement, and Black Males: Actions Required to Shift the Paradigm

June 17, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


The escalation of events igniting recent civil unrest highlights the economic, health care, social, and criminal justice disparities that Black Americans and racial minorities experience daily across the U.S. Many medical associations and health science scholars, now more than ever, openly echo this undeniable truth: racism is a public health issue. UNC-Chapel Hill’s North Carolina Translational Clinical and Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute and the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion agree and seek to participate in raising consciousness for action that addresses systematic racism.

Please join NC TraCS’ Community and Stakeholder Engagement (CaSE) Program Director Lori Carter-Edwards, PhD, MPH, and five guest speakers for a discussion on race in the United States. Throughout the event, our speakers will acknowledge the challenges brought by racism and describe experiences Black males live through that others do not. They will also identify the strengths and importance of law enforcement, and share strategies anyone can take to support the relationship between Black males and law enforcement.


Lori Carter-Edwards, PhD, MPH

  • Director, CaSE Program at NC TraCS
  • Associate Professor, Public Health Leadership Program, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health


Jayne Morgan, MD

  • Director of Innovation, Piedmont Physician
    Enterprirse Piedmont Healthcare, Atlanta, GA
  • Mother of CNN Journalist and Correspondent Omar Jimenez, arrested in Minneapolis, MN while covering the aftermath of the death of George Floyd

Wes Bellamy, EdD

  • National Public Policy Chairman of 100 Black Men of America
  • Former Vice Mayor of Charlottesville, VA
  • Current Political Science Department Chairman at Virginia State University
  • Founder and Co-Chairman of the Black Millennial Political Convention

Rev. James D. Gailliard

  • Pastor of Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount, NC
  • Representative of the North Carolina General Assembly, District 25

David Perry

  • UNC-Chapel Hill Police Chief

A Representative from the Orange County, NC Sheriff’s Office




June 17, 2020
11:30 am - 12:30 pm