SOCIAL JUSTICE

A Virtual Series

Virtual Programs

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Keiga Foundation is an advocate for social justice. Through our high impact programs, we promote critical analysis, independent thought, and encourage informed activism to achieve social justice and make a better world.

A Conversation about Police Violence against African-Americans

This program explores the history of policing in the United States, as well as the legacy of excessive police violence in the Detroit Police Department. The panelists discuss the recent police execution of 20-year-old Hakim Littleton in the context of this national and local history. Three short videos will be featured to illustrate the extreme violence that has characterised police practices in the United States.

El Comienzo

Rolando Palacio, MFA studied fine art at the University of Michigan Penny Stamps School of Art & Design. Based out of Detroit, MI, and later Texas, Palacio has done extensive photography and videography work at the Mexico – US border. Palacio’s short documentary piece, El Comienzo, highlights the life of Latin American individuals attempting to cross the Mexico – US border. Border towns in Mexico have had to set up their own shelters for individuals who are waiting for the right time to attempt crossing the border and those who have failed and been returned to the Mexican side of the border. This documentary was featured by Ubumuntu Arts Festival 2021 ‘Rebirth’, presented by Keiga Foundation.
 
 

Detroit Youth:
Perceptions of the Police

Premiering May 25, 2021 to commemorate the police murder of George Floyd, this program is a multifaceted and innovative social justice virtual program that consists of Detroit grassroots organization Detroit Will Breathe members working with African American youth living in Detroit to discuss their candid reactions to and perspectives about the police. It also highlights creative dance performances and skits that address this same topic by the Alnur African Dance Troupe, a group of African American youth dancers and drummers facilitated by dedicated master instructor Margaret Robeson (Mama Ayi).

Fighting Racism and
Political Oppression

– George W. Crocket Jr.’s Life of Principled Courage

Two key principles drove George W. Crockett Jr.’s (1909–1997) life. First was an unshakable commitment to racial justice, what we call today an unapologetic anti-racist agenda. The second, paradoxically, was a belief in the power of law and the Constitution. This was not the constitution revered and applied by white judges. It was the latent power of a constitution that only black judges and other judges of color could see, understand, and wield. It was America’s real, but unrealized, Constitution. By Edward J. Littlejohn and Peter J. Hammer Speaker: Peter J. Hammer, J.D., Professor of Law and Director, Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, Wayne State University Law School; Author; Community Advocate against Structural Racism Co-Sponsor: Damon J. Keith Collection of African American Legal History

Water Is A Human Right​

– Affordable, Safe & Accessible Water in the Time of COVID-19 & Beyond

Since 2014 at least 100,000 households in Detroit experienced home water disconnection, with many more at risk for water shutoffs in the future. It is hoped that this program will heighten awareness and activism that is focused on achieving water equity now and in the future.

The Honorable Congressman
John Conyers, Jr.

– The Voice of Labor, Reparations, Jazz & The People

The Honorable John Conyers, Jr. (May 16, 1929 – October 27, 2019) served as a U.S Representative for Michigan for 52 years (1965 to 2017). He was the 6th longest serving member of Congress in US history and the 44th Dean of the House of Representatives. Beyond these facts, there is a more insightful story that can only be told by those who knew the Dean of Congress personally over a long period of time. The Honorable Congresswoman Maxine Waters; Attorney, Activist, Professor and Author Randall Robinson; The Honorable Reverend Dr. JoAnn Watson; and Attorney Carl Ray Edwards share their personal reflections of a legendary giant of Detroit who had and continues to have national and global impact.

Concert of Colors

Metro Detroit’s 29th Annual Diversity Festival
August 2 -9, 2021

The Concert of Colors is Detroit’s  annual, free, diversity-themed music festival. Global music is at its finest at this colorful, festive, upbeat coveted summer event.

Concert of Colors

Concert of Colors Forum on Community, Culture & Race: What is Democracy? | The artists respond
August 2, 2021

The Concert of Colors Forum on Community, Culture & Race, one of the Arab American National Museum’s signature annual events, is a dynamic gathering of artists, activists and advocates who use performance and dialogue as a tool for advocacy and community building

History - Muhammad Ali

Author Talk with Ishmael Reed

PBS Books, in partnership with ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History and Keiga Foundation, presents this Author Talk with Ishmael Reed about his book ‘The Complete Muhammad Ali’.

Concert of Colors Forum on Community, Culture & Race 2020

– Community Self-Determination

The Concert of Colors Forum on Community, Culture & Race, one of the Arab American National Museum’s signature annual events, is a dynamic gathering of artists, activists and advocates who use performance and dialogue as a tool for advocacy and community building

Black History Month

A Celebration of African American Life and History: The Black Family
February 28, 2021
This important program includes retired Howard University Professor, Nubia Kai and Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Cha-Jua also moderates the conversation.

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