The Claflin University Center for Social Justice, in partnership with Claflin University’s First Lady LaKisha Warmack, the Freshman College, SC Humanities Council, and the South Carolina Arts Commission, will host “Social Justice Author Series – A Morning with Dr. Danielle Allen” on Tuesday, March 9, at 11 a.m.
Harvard University professor and award-winning author, Dr. Danielle Allen will be the Center’s first featured author in a series of virtual presentations. Dr. Belinda Wheeler, director of the Center for Social Justice, will serve as the program’s moderator. The program is free and accessible to the public. Pre-registration is required.
Dr. Allen’s appearance is made possible through a generous grant from the SC Humanities Council and the South Carolina Arts Commission, and books for this event were provided by the Freshman College to Claflin students as a part of their community reads program.
“Dr. Allen was selected as the first speaker in this series because of her steadfast commitment to social justice,” said Wheeler. “During the event Dr. Allen will read from her book, Cuz: An American Tragedy, discuss her cousin’s experiences with America’s criminal justice system, share details of her life with her cousin, Michael, and discuss what social justice means to her. Claflin has had a deep commitment to social justice for over 151 years. This programming allows us to bring current day champions of social justice to our campus and the wider community to promote real change in the community. The topics discussed in Dr. Allen’s book, especially America’s criminal justice system and access to educational opportunities for people who are currently or formerly incarcerated, are especially important at this time.”
The Center for Social Justice at Claflin University was established in May 2020.
The mission of South Carolina Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. This not-for-profit organization presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state.