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99 VOICES:  A KCC Social Justice Task Force

Dialogue  |  Education  | Transformation 

99 Voices is a task force at Kingsborough that seeks to foster campus community and

to effect positive change in U.S. social life through convening social justice symposia. 

The work of the group is organized around issues of anti-black racism and institutional

violence, particuarly as these structures impact students of the college.


A L L   I N V I T E D  !  Full Classes Welcome!

Join us for a Conference in honor of Black History Month

99 Voices Teach Ferguson: A KCC Symposium

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

MAC Rotunda (M-240)

This conference was organized for students, faculty and staff who wish to understand how recent events in Ferguson Missouri and New York City fit within larger patterns of structural and institutional oppression, sometimes including violence, and of structural and institutional privilege.

Session 1:  9:35 – 10:35:  Martin Matthew & Doreen Bowens, “Ferguson and Race in America: Black Lives Matter”

Session 2:  10:45 – 11:45:  Stuart Parker: "Finding the Leverage Points for Challenging Power"

Session 3:  11:50 – 12:50:  Helen-Margaret Nasser & Farin Kautz (KCC Alumnus): A Discussion of Oppositional Consciousness: The Subjective Roots of Social Protest.

Session 4:  1 – 2 pm:  Hank Williams (Lehman College/English): "Amos Wilson and the Structuring of Black Criminality"

Session 5:  2:05 - 3:05 pm:  Kevicha Echols, "The Silent Advantage: Understanding White Privilege"

Session 6: 3:10 - 4:30 pm:  Public Dialogue & LUNCH catered by Culinary Arts -- Faciliated by Maureen Fadem, Crystal Rodwell and today's session leaders

~Film Festival, coordinated by Silvia Torres, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm in M-239~


Links to Readings for some Sessions:

It is NOT required that you read the items for the sessions you attend. But we wanted to make these readings available to anyone who would like to read them before the day of the conference.

Test for Session 3: Helen-Margaret Nasser & Farin Kautz::

Oppositional Consciousness: The Subjective Roots of Social Protest:

 Text for Session 4: Hank Williams: "Amos Wilson and the Structuring of Black Criminality":


Text for Session 5: Kevicha Echols, "The Silent Advantage: Understanding White Privilege":



Silent Advantage



Planned with inspiration of The Ferguson Syllabus:

Organized by the Student Life Office, the Civic Engagement Initiative, the Men's Resource Center, the Black History Month Steering Committee, the Culinary Arts Program, the Student Food Club, and the 99 Voices Task Force.


 Steering Committee:

 Maureen Fadem (English) & Michael Rodriguez (BMI / MRC), Co-Organizers

Doreen Bowens (English)

Kevicha Echols (Health)

Peter Fiume (Behavioral Sciences)

Farin Kautz (KCC Alumnus)

Martin Matthew (History)

Lavita McMath Turner (Government and Community Relations) 

Helen-Margaret Nasser (Honors)

Frances Robinson (Women's Center) 

Debra Schultz (History)

Tasheka Sutton-Young (Student Life)

Silvia Torres (KCC Urban Farm)  


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