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Santa Monica Community Discussion To Examine “How Media Shapes Racial Images”:

A panel presentation and community discussion will be held next month on “How Media Shapes Racial Images” at Virginia Avenue Park’s Thelma Terry Building.

It will be held Sunday, March 9 at 6 pm (potluck supper at 6 pm and program starting at 6:30pm).

The event will be hosted by the Committee for Racial Justice (CRJ), in conjunction with African American Parent, Student, Staff Support Group (AAPSSSG), Virginia Avenue Park, and Church in Ocean Park.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Isidra Person-Lynn, the Communication Specialist for Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, whose career has been primarily in radio, public relations, news media, and now story-telling.

A photojournalist, she has a Master of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Southern California.

The panelists include:

— Dr. Shani Byard, who earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Television Production and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University, is an educator who founded Message Media Ed which is the only Afro-Media Literacy, professional development training center in the nation whose trainings and workshops are offered to youth, families, faculty and staff from K-12 schools, non-profit organizations, community colleges, universities, and small businesses.

— Tricia Cochee, who studied journalism and radio, TV, and film production at CA State University in Northridge, is a member of the LA chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, and a writer, blogger, and cultural arts producer.

— Peter J. Harris, founder and Artistic Director of Inspiration House, who has published his poetry, essays, and fiction in a wide range of national publications and has worked as a publisher, journalist, editor, and broadcaster and is an educator and workshop leader for adults and adolescents.

“How Media Shapes Racial Images” is a discussion that is part of an ongoing monthly workshop series held by the Committee for Racial Justice which focuses on racial justice, mass incarceration, and educational equity.

Virginia Avenue Park is located at 2200 Virginia Avenue, Santa Monica (served by Big Blue Bus lines #7 and #11).

For more information call 310.422.5431.

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