Forum features Mason, community leaders tackling tough questions about race

Freedom and Learning Forum, "Policing Race: Critical Analyses of National Trends." On stage from left to right: Moderator Wendi Manuel-Scott, Director of African and African American History and Associate Professor of History and Art History; Professor Laurie O. Robinson, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and co-chair of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing; Rita Chi-Ying Chung, Professor, Counseling & Development Program; Earl Smith, adjunct professor of sociology and African and African American Studies; and Shirley Ginwright, President of the NAACP in Fairfax and Chair of the Fairfax County Communities of Trust Committee. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.

More than 200 people met to consider society’s hardest questions around race and color during the annual Freedom and Learning Forum at George Mason University on Wednesday.

The topic of discussion, “Policing Race: Critical Analyses on National Trends,” was prompted by this year’s shootings of African American men in Charlotte and Tulsa by police, George Mason leadership said.

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