Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis Panel Discussion Set for March 11

(March 6, 2014) — Armstrong Atlantic State University's Office of Multicultural Affairs will host the panel discussion, “Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis: The Dangers of Being A Black Man in America,” on Tuesday, March 11 at 12:30 p.m. This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Student Union Ballroom on the Armstrong campus, 11935 Abercorn St.

Armstrong graduate students Kwame Philips and Christopher Godfrey will host the panel made up of assistant professor of History Dr. Michael Benjamin, associate professor of Engineering Studies Dr. Cameron Coates, professor of Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science Dr. Maxine Bryant, assistant professor of Speech/Communication Dr. Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas and Armstrong student Nick Allen.

“The discussion format will allow attendees the opportunity to ask questions about the cases surrounding the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis as they relate to the livelihood of black men,” said director of multicultural affairs Nashia Whittenburg.

The panel will discuss whether the results of these cases demonstrate what our nation really thinks about the value of the lives of its young black men, the messages these send to the black community, whether African-American men should change their culture to be safe from society's misconceptions and what steps should be taken to address recent injustices and prevent future cases.

A candlelight vigil will be held in remembrance of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis at 7 p.m. in the Residential Plaza near the fountain on the Armstrong campus.