The second biennial Black Midwest Symposium is coming to Detroit Oct. 20-22, 2022, at the Wayne County Community College District’s Curtis L Ivery Downtown Campus. The event will explore the unique challenges Black Midwesterners face. Since the inaugural convening in fall 2019, Black Midwestern communities have been at the core of racial injustices and social justice movements.  

This year, the convening will bring community members and Black thought leaders together to discuss the struggles of African Americans in the Midwest and Rust Belt regions and the opportunities to bring about change in their local communities. “American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson sits down with one of the event’s planning committee members, Marquis Taylor, to learn more about the goal of the symposium, this year’s theme— Presence and Protest, and the featured speakers. 

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