Truth’s Table LIVE: American Institute for Research Equity Event with Aloe Blacc

48m | Oct 28, 2023

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Episode Description: It’s been a while since Truth’s Table has done a live event, so it was fitting for our first live recording to take place at the National Museum of African-American Music in Nashville, TN. In this episode, Ekemini and Christina sit down at the table with Dr. Rashawn Ray and Aloe Blacc at the event, “AIR Equity Initiative Pathways to Peace: Reimagining the Future of Public Safety for Youth and Communities.” We discuss racial equity, activism, and the need to dismantle systemic barriers so that Black children can thrive and dream. We also sat down with Dr. Terrance McNeil and Dr. Melissa Collins to discuss school safety from elementary school to the college classroom. 

Learn more about our guests: 

  • Dr. Rashawn Ray serves as Vice President and Executive Director of the AIR Equity Initiative at the American Institutes for Research.
  • Aloe Blacc is a Grammy-nominated musician, philanthropist, and advocate. 
  • Dr. Melissa Collins is an educator from Memphis-Shelby County Schools, known for her engaging and innovative STEAM initiatives, and was named the 2022-23 Tennessee Teacher of the Year.
  • Dr. Terrance McNeil is an assistant professor at Tennessee State University and has expertise in culturally responsive school governance, mentoring, and shrinking opportunity gaps through leadership development (including educating and mentoring aspiring principals in TN). He was the inaugural recipient of the Excellence in Innovation and Competitiveness Award from the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2018).

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