Conference is free for UK Students – The Lynching of Resurrected Jim Crow: Problems and Solutions

Register now for Central Kentucky MOSAIIC 2014
The Lynching of Resurrected Jim Crow: Problems and Solutions

December 4-5, 2014 @ Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center, 3rd & Elm Streets

MOSAIIC stands for Multicultural Opportunities, Strategies and Institutional Inclusiveness Consortium.

Students can sign up online – deadline for free admission for both days is tomorrow November 26th. Click here for Student REGISTRATION Form. All others can register onsite at The Lyric – $100 for the total event, $50 for 1 day, or $25 at the door for Tim Wise’s keynote only.


The theme is centered on the old adage, “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” In each generation, new tactics have been used for achieving the same goals—goals shared by the Founding Fathers. A large percentage of black and brown men in the United States are legally barred from voting today, just as they have been throughout most of American history. People of color continue to be subjected to legalized discrimination in employment, housing, education, public benefits, and jury service just as much today as in the past. “What has changed since the collapse of Jim Crow has less to do with the basic structure of our society than with the language we use to justify it. We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Our understanding of racism is therefore shaped by the most extreme expressions of individual bigotry, not by the way in which it functions naturally, almost invisibly (and sometimes with genuinely benign intent), when it is embedded in the structure of a social system.” Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. A lynching of Jim Crow is in order and long past due, but this execution will require all of us working simultaneously in a grass-roots strategy, first exposing these continued injustices, then challenging, and ultimately hanging, Jim Crow by its neck until dead.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

9:00 a.m. Registration

9:50 a.m. Welcome: Colmon Elridge, Executive Assistant to Governor Steve Beshear

10 a.m. MOSAIIC Theme and Jim Crow Yesterday and Today: Charlene Walker, BCTC VP for Multiculturalism and Inclusion; Michael Lee, Certified Diversity Consultant

10:30 a.m. Voices of Experience, True Stories of the Impact of Jim Crow: Youth Panel
Marco Vrionez, Rayne Parker, Armando Buenrostro, Lamar Donaldson, Osvaldo Flores, Pleas Kavanagh

11:45 a.m. Break

12:00 p.m. Lunch: Sponsored by the University of Kentucky

12:45 p.m. “Can you see what I see?” Mavens lens view of the effects of Jim Crow: Professional experience panel
Enid Trucios Hayes, Professor UofL Brandeis School of Law
Rebecca Diloretto, Litigation Director, Children’s Law Center
Dr. Melynda Price, Professor, UK College of Law
John Lindsay, MSW, Substance Abuse/Rehabilitation Counselor
Brian Hodge, FCPS Equity Council

2 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. Microaggressions, the Facelift of Jim Crow: Monica S. Jones, Director, Black Cultural Center, Berea College; Carol Taylor, Social Justice Educator, Violence Intervention & Prevention, University of Kentucky

3:30 p.m. Questions and Dismissal until Tomorrow

Friday, December 5, 2014

9:00 a.m. Registration

9:30 a.m. Stories of Action: During this session, community members, leaders and educators will share the solutions being put into action to address the root causes fueling the school to prison pipeline- poverty, academic preparation, low self-esteem, racial bias/discrimination, lack of educational opportunity, etc. Participants will be engaged through the story-telling format and presentation of vibrant, hopeful and at times, sobering visual displays of photography and art. 

The Educator ACTivist, On the “will to act”
Erin Howard, session moderator: Introduction and Purpose of Stories
Dr. Steven Alvarez: Living Out Loud, Our Stories, Our Struggles
Laura Gallaher: Common Good
Ace Valmont, Slate-Up Team
Monica Calleja: La Casa de Cultura Hispana de Lexington
Luis Martinez: Lexington Street Soccer League
Josh Nadzam: On the Move Art Studio
James Brown, 16th District PTA’s Urban Family Engagement Network
Tanya Torp: Be Bold, Step by Step, Justice House

11:30 a.m. Break

11:45 a.m. Lunch: Sponsored by Transylvania University

12:50 p.m. Special Presentation and Introduction of 2014 MOSAIIC Award Winners: The MOSAIIC Award is presented to a faculty/staff, student/community member, or an institution with proven commitment to diversity. Special thanks to Mr. Shawn Gannon, BCTC welding instructor, for designing the 2014 MOSAICC award.

1:00 p.m. Keynote: Tim Wise, anti-racist educator and author

2:00 p.m. “Love Letter to the World“: Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova of Transylvania University introducing Love Letter to Lexington Community Poetry Activity and Gallery presentation featuring posters from community based efforts to support educational equity, leadership development and improved quality of life for all Kentuckians.

3:15 p.m. Final Thoughts

3:30 p.m. Adjourn to Action


About Randolph Hollingsworth

An academic administrator at the University of Kentucky, affiliate faculty in the History Department and in Gender & Women's Studies, as well as with the UK Center for Equality and Social Justice
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