On the evening of Thursday, February 6, Ball State students, faculty, and staff along with Muncie community members gathered to engage in a conversation about “Race and Police” with community policing expert Lorenzo Boyd and historians Simon Balto and Max Felker-Kantor. Criminal Justice and Criminology professor Kiesha Warren-Gordon moderated the conversation, and members of the audience asked a wide range of insightful questions about the relationship between police and Black and Brown communities. This event was organized by the African American Studies program, and it showcased just how vital the program is to facilitating these kinds of timely discussions.


Dr. Max Felker-Kantor (left), author of Policing Los Angeles: Race, Resistance, and the Rise of the LAPD, Dr. Lorenzo Boyd (center), author of Massachusetts’s Criminal Justice System, Dr. Simon Balto (right), author of Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power

 

Jack Treber, Ball State Honors College student

 

Dr. Kiesha Warren-Gordon, Ball State Director of African American Studies

 

Dorica Watson, Second Harvest Food Bank Community Engagement Manager

 

Dr. Jackson Bartlett, Ball State African American Studies Affiliate

 

Jason Donati, coordinator of R.A.C.E. of Muncie