A Conversation on Systemic Racism

WITF public media presents Toward Racial Justice: A Conversation on Systemic Racism. This discussion series explore the roots of institutional racism. What is it and how does it manifest? How do we change the system and break the cycle? What can we do to help make positive lasting change?

Panelists in this inaugural discussion include:

  • Armenta Hinton, Ph.D. — Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
  • Jamiel L. Alexander — Community Organizer & National Activist
  • Dr. Monea Abdul-Majeed — Racial Justice Coordinator, YWCA York
  • Sam Gerlach — NYU Student & Youth Activist from Northwest Philadelphia

Co-organizers for this series include:

  • Major Kristal M. Turner-Childs — Director, Bureau of Forensic Services, Pennsylvania State Police & WITF Board Member
  • Mark Rhodes — Diversity Educator and Strategist, Owner of Keystone Learning Consultants and a Commissioner with the City of York Human Relations Commission
  • Jankail Adams — Parent Liaison for the PA State GEAR UP-3 program, Harrisburg School District

Then, join us every other Thursday night from 7:00 to 8:30pm (July 2, July 16, July 30, August 13, August 27) as we take an in depth look at topics such as:

  • Internalized Racism & Mental Health
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Education Disparities
  • Policing, Safety & Belonging
  • Healthcare Inequality
  • And more…


  • CHARLES D. ELLISON is an award-winning thought leader, political strategist, commentator and advocacy expert with nearly two decades of applied expertise in the arena of politics, public policy, campaigns and elections, crisis management and emerging/digital media strategy. Ellison is the Executive Producer & Host of Reality Check, a daily public affairs program on WURD (96.1FM / 900AM / wurdradio.com in Philadelphia). He is also Contributing Editor for The Philadelphia Citizen, weekly Wednesday co-host on the nationally syndicated Keeping it Real w/ Rev. Al Sharpton, and Managing Editor for ecoWURD.com, a publication covering the intersection of the environment, race and income. His writings have been frequently featured in major publications such as The Philadelphia Tribune, TheRoot.com, The Forward, Politico, Pacific Standard, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post and others. He is a regular analyst for numerous major metropolitan media outlets including WVON-AM (Chicago), WHUR-FM (Washington, D.C.), KSRO-AM (California) and KDKA (Pittsburgh). He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, NPR, FOX, CBS’ Face the Nation, SkyTV and elsewhere. More engagement @ellisonreport on Twitter. CHARLES WRITES FOR – ecoWURD.com – ThePhiladelphiaCitizen.org – TheRoot.com – TheForward.com – BENote.substack.com

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