Medgar Evers hosts Black immigration forum
11/1/2013, 3:30 p.m.
As the nation continues to grapple with immigration reform, a group of top thinkers on the issue will come together to discuss the topic as it relates to the country’s African, Caribbean and Afro-Latino immigrants. The Black Institute, in collaboration with Medgar Evers College’s DuBois-Bunche Center for Public Policy and the Caribbean Research Center, will host the “All Faces All Races” forum to delve deep into the topic, especially in relation to Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR).
The forum will take place on Friday, Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Medgar Evers College Founders Auditorium, located at 1650 Bedford Ave. on the first floor.
The discussion will include a focus on advocacy for immigration reforms pertaining to Caribbean and African communities, including family reunification, a pathway to citizenship for temporary status holders and affordable fines and fees associated with the new citizenship. At the event, the Black Institute will also introduce the G Project, a public awareness campaign focused on Black immigrants, and discuss the institute’s Black immigration bill FAIR (Families and Immigrant Reunification).
Speakers include Reps. Hakeem Jeffries and Rep. Yvette Clarke; New York state Sen. Eric Adams; Bertha Lewis, president and founder of the Black Institute; Dr. Waldaba Stewart of the Caribbean Research Center; Mikhel Crichlow of the International Youth Association; and Roger Green, former New York state assemblyman and current professor in the DuBois-Bunche Center for Public Policy at Medgar Evers College.
Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College is a growing institution offering both associate and bachelor’s degrees. The nearly 7,000-member student body is primarily comprised of those who are the first in their families to attend college. A senior college within the City University of New York system, Medgar Evers College was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community. With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education. For more information, visit www.mec.cuny.edu.