Apr 23 2019
The Hate U Give Youth + Police Dialogue

The Hate U Give Youth + Police Dialogue

Presented by Black Arts & Cultural Center at Douglass Community Association

The Black Arts & Cultural Center will host a facilitated interactive dialogue lifting up themes from the book and film The Hate U Give, honoring youth voice and encouraging community action. This engaging discussion is open to the entire community and is offered in collaboration with Kalamazoo Public Library; Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety; Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative; and the Kalamazoo Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation initiatives.

We welcome an intimate group of 60 people, youth and adults, to gather for a creatively faciltated program.


Info/Disclaimer for Adults:

The purpose of this event is to explore the relationship between youth and law enforcement in an ongoing process and centers the experiences and voices of youth. This event is held with the understanding that adults will be there to chaperone, support youth, and will be able to engage as witnessing participants with a breakout designated for adults. We are not here to tailor youth responses into a solution, defend or judge people’s relationship to the police, justify the actions of law enforcement or youth, or explain to youth how they should interact with police. We are here to learn about how personal, familial, and cultural/societal experiences shape our narratives of the police.

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Community Agreement:

Confidentiality: What’s said here stays here, what is learned here leaves here.

One Mic: Please One person speaking at a time please unless a facilitator needs to.

I Statements: Speak from your experience, you do not have to represent any identity/community you belong to when you share nor should you address someone as if they are the whole group.

Oops & Ouch: If someone says something that offends you or is not received well, say ouch. If you are new to language or words to explain something, or unsure if you are saying things correctly say oops first.

Admission Info


Phone: (269) 349-1035

Email: info@blackartskalamazoo.org

Dates & Times

2019/04/23 - 2019/04/23

Location Info

Douglass Community Association

1000 W Paterson Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Accessibility Info