Whose Black Lives Matter Social Justice Teach-In

Whose Black Lives Matter? The Political Influence of Racial Appeals on Instagram

October 5, 2020

On Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, from 11 – 1 p.m. MST, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will hold a Social Justice Teach-In, “Whose Black Lives Matter? The Political Influence of Racial Appeals on Instagram,” the third in an ongoing series of discussions. Attendees must register by Oct. 9.

Next Friday’s teach-in will focus on the topic of social media, which plays an increasingly large role in American politics, and specifically the Black Lives Matter movement. To better understand this topic, CU Denver has invited Dr. Chaya Crowder and Deon Jones to share their research and experiences with students and university employees.

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Learn more about the guest speakers:

Dr. Chaya Crowder

Dr. Chaya Crowder is an Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. She received her PhD from the Department of Politics at Princeton University, as well as certificates in African-American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Chaya’s research centers on political behavior, race and ethnicity politics, social media and American politics, as well as gender and American politics.

Deon Jones

Deon Jones is a singer and activist based in Los Angeles. During Black Lives Matter protests this summer against police brutality and racial injustice following the death of George Floyd, an officer shot Jones in the face at close range with a rubber bullet. After his recovery, he collaborated with the artist Glenn Kaino, producer Butch Vig, pianist Jon Batiste, and drummer Glenn Kotche to re-imagine the classic U2 song “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” The proceeds from the recording are being donated to Fair Fight, which promotes fair elections in Georgia and around the country.

View Deon Jones’ music video below: