Webinar Series

This webinar series is part of the Guilbeau Center's Shared Histories: Documenting COVID 19 and the Movement for Black Lives As the university strengthens its commitment to taking action in support for Black lives, Shared Histories is an invitation to our UL Lafayette community to share their stories and experiences related to the COVID19 pandemic and the ongoing movement for social justice.

Continuing the Conversation Pt.1

In a public health crisis and growing economic crisis, systemic issues about race within our region and our nation remind us of the long path towards justice ahead. Join the Guilbeau Center for Public History for Shared Histories: Continuing the Conversation Pt.1. This panel of community organizers and social justice advocates will speak about the Black experience in Acadiana, historically and in the wake of the murder of Trayford Pellerin. Panelists include Dr. Phebe Hayes, Director of the Iberia African American Historical Society, Skyra Rideaux, Co-Founder and COO of Conversation Starters, and Corey St. Ewart, Founder of Acadiana Black.

Continuing the Conversation is part of a multi-day public dialogue at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to explore issues of race, equality and social justice within the city and beyond. Learn more.

View the recording from this September 10, 2020 event. Note: the first 30 minutes were not recorded.

Continuing the Conversation Pt 2

In the second part of this webinar series, a panel of student leaders representing social justice and inclusion-centered organizations at UL Lafayette spoke about student life during the COVID 19 pandemic and the current movement for social justice. Panelists were asked to think about the student experience through the lens of intersectionality. Intersectionality is a term coined by Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, a civil rights activist and legal scholar, in 1989 “Because the intersectional experience is greater than the sum of racism and sexism, any analysis that does not take intersectionality into account cannot sufficiently address the particular manner in which Black women are subordinated.” (Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics, 1989).

History major Trevian Ambroise moderated the discussion with Lauren Brooks, President of the UL Lafayette NAACP, and Michael Griffin, President of the Black Student Union.

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Continuing the Conversation Pt 3

This panel examines socioeconomic insecurities in southwest Louisiana both long-term and during our current crises. A panel of community leaders from non-profit organizations and initiatives in Southwest Louisiana will speak about food and social insecurities during the COVID 19 pandemic and how the current movement for social justice seeks to address socioeconomic issues. An alternative framing for this panel is: building community in the time of pandemic.

UL Lafayette History major Trevian Ambroise, Executive Director of The Big Event, moderates the discussion with representatives from Acadiana Food Alliance, Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness and Housing, McComb Veazey Neighborhood Coterie, TownFolk, and United Way of Acadiana.

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Share your story!

The Guilbeau Center for Public History welcomes you to share your stories and experiences with the current COVID-19 Pandemic and the Movement for Black Lives. Shared Histories is an invitation to our UL Lafayette community to share your stories and experiences by virtually submitting photos, typed entries, audio recordings and videos to our digital archive. Your contributions will be part of a digital exhibit and historical collection to be used for future research to study the intersection of pandemic life and the struggle for social justice.
Submit your story today!
If you have any questions, email us at guilbeaucenter@louisiana.edu.

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