Hosted on August 9, 2020 Black SON Day was an online forum for collaboration on how to move forward, incorporating the arts as part of community response to traumatic events.
Parliament Chair, Audrey Kitagawa, and NextGen Task Force member, Kehkashan Basu, were part of this historic forum, hosted exactly six years after 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a day of remembering and healing will take place throughout the world. Studies show that in some places in the U.S., black people are killed by police up to six times more frequently than whites. (1) Black children of all ages have been killed by senseless acts of violence since that summer day when Michael Brown was shot and his body left unattended in the street for six hours. However, it was the murder of George Floyd on May 25th of this year that shocked the world, brought a new focus both to longstanding patterns of senseless acts of violence in the U.S., and inspired the urgency to change the culture that has permitted it.
The event was hosted in partnership with global networks and partners including UNITY EARTH, a 501c3 based in New York, Compassion Games, SINE Network, World Unity Week, Radical Joy for Hard Times and others.