Black Lives Matter Speaker Series Offers Opportunity for Community Dialogue, Thursday, Nov. 19

November 16, 2015 at 11:17 am

The University of South Carolina Upstate and the Black Lives Matter Speaker Series “Race Relations in the 21st Century,” will offer an opportunity for a community dialogue on Thursday, November 19.

The discussion, facilitated by Marlanda Dekine, about “Speaking Down Barriers” will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom.

Dekine, a licensed master social worker, spoken word poet, and community organizer in Spartanburg and Greenville, has developed a nonprofit organization called Speaking Down Barriers that facilitates effective, honest community dialogue on race and racism and offers intensive anti-racism training to community citizens, leaders, and students.

An $8,000 grant from The Humanities Council SC is assisting the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at USC Upstate in hosting the speaker series this fall. Faculty members in African American Studies, History and Sociology at USC Upstate have collaborated to make the series possible.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Esther Godfrey, interim director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, at (864) 503-5602 or