Demand for change: What you need to know today, (Friday, July 3)

Demand for change: What you need to know today, (Friday, July 3)
Demand for Change: Protests in Riverside

The Piqua City Commission will consider a resolution at its July 7 meeting to declare racism a public health crisis in that Miami County city. The meeting will not be open to public but will be streamed live on the city’s YouTube Channel.

The Black College Football Hall of Fame on July 15 will host a virtual event, “Black College Football… The Road to Equality,” hosted by Steve Wyche (NFL Network) and Charles Davis (NFL on CBS). This national event will feature stories of struggle and triumph from football players who played for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Journalist and author Samuel Freedom will discuss his bestselling book “Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights.”

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The goal for the event is to engage in the national discussion on social justice by sharing the history of black college football and its impact on civil rights as well as serving as a platform to raise funds and awareness for HBCUs and the Black Football Hall of Fame.

The event will take place Wednesday, July 15, at 8:30 p.m. ET. There is no cost to participate and watch. You can RSVP here.

Things you should also know today in the demand for change following the Memorial Day death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police:

  • Thousands of black activists from across the U.S. will hold a virtual convention Aug. 28 to produce a new political agenda that seeks to build on the success of the protests that followed George Floyd’s death. The 2020 Black National Convention will be presented via a live broadcast. It will feature conversations, performances and other events designed to develop a set of demands ahead of the November general election, according to an announcement shared first this week with The Associated Press. The convention is being organized by the Electoral Justice Project of the Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of more than 150 organizations. In 2016, the coalition released its “Vision for Black Lives” platform, which called for public divestment from mass incarceration and for adoption of policies that can improve conditions in Black America.
  • Alabama police officer put on leave over Facebook post mocking George Floyd