Ali Bantu Ashanti Meet and Greet

When Apr 03, 2024
from 09:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Where Ekstrom Library 258
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De Negrx a Negrx: Ali Bantú Ashanti. — NGRXSMGZPlease join us at the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research in Ekstrom Library for a meet and greet with Colombian Civil Rights and Environmental lawyer Alí Bantu Ashanti from the Racial Justice Collective. Bantu directs Colombia's Racial Justice Collective and serves as an Expert Commissioner for Justice Reform. Meet him on his international tour stop in Louisville! Ali works with a collective of Afro-Colombian lawyers who joined to defend young people facing police and army repression during massive anti-racist street protests of recent years. Whether in Kentucky or Colombia, all our struggles for liberation are connected. Learn more about Ali here.

Alí and the Racial Justice Collective’s work addresses both civil rights and the rights of nature, and his visit to Louisville is part of their efforts to create international networks on shared efforts.

Enjoy a light breakfast and the chance to talk with Alí about his work and with staff from VOCAL-Kentucky, who are coordinating his visit to Louisville. VOCAL-KY, the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Louisville-Showing Up for Racial Justice, and Anne Braden Institute are hosting events throughout the day on- and off-campus.
As the Racial Justice Collective writes of Alí’s international tour: “We look to deepen our dialogue and consolidate working alliances with Black organizations and  leaders; civil society organizations, universities and thought leaders; lawyers and especially collegial networks of lawyers. We want to exchange ideas and experiences with people who are working to strengthen democracy and defend the environment; who are leading the fights against police violence and militarization; those who are organizing for safe communities with less guns and drug policies that actually help people."

Full Itinerary
9:30 AM- Meet & Greet: Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, 2215 S 3rd St Louisville, KY 40208, Rm 258
2:00 PM- Civil Rights History Tour: Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N 6th St Louisville, KY 40202
4:00 PM Community Discussion: Carl & Anne Braden Memorial Center 3208 W Broadway Louisville. KY 40211
6:00 PM Documentary Screening: VOCAL-KY, 723 S Brook St Louisville, KY 40203

Vocal Kentucky 
Louisville SURJ 
Kentucky Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression
Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research