Briefing Room


Citizen Uprising: Stories from Baltimore and Ferguson

November 3, 2015 | Events

Last year, we saw images of Ferguson and Baltimore burning, with the local communities organizing and expressing outrage at the disproportionate rates of police violence—often lethal—against Black communities. The killing of Mike Brown sparked the rise of the national #BlackLivesMatter movement, including a boost of local racial justice organizing here at home in Ohio. The #BlackLivesMatter movement is raising incredibly important questions about police violence, lack of accountability, and the role of law in maintaining inequality. These questions are essential for our law school community and the broader bar to grapple with. What is the role of lawyers in movements for social change?

On Nov. 12 at noon in Saxbe Auditorium, Jill Humphries, of the National Lawyers Guild, and King Downing, of the Human Rights-Racial Justice Center, will share their experiences working in Baltimore and Ferguson.

Humphries and Downing both have long backgrounds of providing legal support for racial justice organizing, and are key players in the larger Black Lives Matter movement. They will share photos and video from Baltimore and Ferguson, and discuss the possibilities and importance of lawyers and legal workers supporting movements of social change. Tim Singratsomboune with the #CBUS2Ferguson will provide local context for racial justice organizing in Columbus. Lunch will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Moritz College of Law Office of Diversity and Inclusion, American Constitution Society, Black Law Student Association, Public Interest Law Foundation, Criminal Law Society, American Civil Liberties Union, and Outlaws.