Monday, June 1, 2020
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Join thought leaders from across the state for a roundtable discussion and poetry performance addressing the impacts of COVID-19 on Black lives, rights and organizing. 

The event is free and open to the public, but participants must register at to receive zoom link.

In an effort to identify the potential impacts on voting, voting rights, community organizing and political representation, and to explore the historical context of Black responses and resistance to similar moments and challenges, the Colored Conventions Project, Penn State’s Center for Black Digital Research (#DigBlk) and Lenwood Sloan of the Commonwealth Monument Project, an initiative of the The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC),* are convening a collaborative of statewide thought leaders and publics to share insights, concerns, information, and strategies for addressing the challenges of COVID-19 for Black communities and to think and act collectively now and in the long term. 

Sharia Benn
Sankofa Theater, Harrisburg
Sam Black 
Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh
Tony Collins, 
1619 Project, Lancaster
Harriet Gaston
Penn State Altoona
Blair County African American Heritage Association
Ivan Henderson
African American Museum of Philadelphia
Leroy Hopkins
African American Historical Society of  
South Central Pennsylvania
Shakira King
Tayyib Smith
Little Giant Creative / Pipeline, Philadelphia
Kelly Summerford
William Goodridge House, York
tonya thames taylor
Westchester University
Corin Wilson
Mural Arts Philadelphia 
Amanda Kemp - Poet and Educator - F & M University - Lancaster 
Jordan Lewis  - PA. Poetry Aloud Winner 2018 
Momo St. Claire -  Educator and  Philadelphia Poet and Playwright
Raycell Diaz Hernandez PA. Poetry Aloud Finalist - 2019