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Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity Launch Black History Month Series
Virtual Speaker Series February 8, 15 and 22 at 7 p.m. EST to raise $250,000 for African American Veterinary Scholarships
(Baltimore, MD. February 18, 2022) — Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity, a Baltimore-based national nonprofit is pleased to announce its third annual virtual speaker series. It’s designed to commemorate American Black History Month, which calls attention to the dark shadows of American history. This speaker series is designed to tell the stories not being told.
The public is invited to join CARE for a lively discussion on a variety of topics. You must register at the link underneath every event below to receive your registration link. While registration is free, a contribution is requested to fund CARE’s Dr. Jodie G Blackwell Black Veterinary Scholarship Fund to benefit students at Tuskeegee College’s Veterinary School.
February 8: What is Community Wisdom in Human and Animal Well-Being?
Join Johnny Jenkins, CARE’s Chief of Staff and Research and Development, as he speaks to community leaders about their lived experiences, animal well-being, and social justice issues impacting their communities. The speakers will share the knowledge and wisdom that exist within their Black communities to survive the perpetual oppression of structural power and stratified privilege. You will learn about the wisdom with the problem-solving skills as proximate leaders to showcase their resilience and self-determination.
February 15: Affrilachian: Advocacy through Law and Literature
Akisha Townsend Eaton, CARE’s Chief of Policy and Environmental Justice, and her sister, University of Michigan professor Jacinda Townsend, talk about how their Kentucky roots influenced both of their trajectories. They will speak on their reactions to the death of Tyre Nichols in the context of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, Jacinda’s multiple published books, and systemic racism in animal advocacy. Hear how Jacinda’s advocacy for her pet rabbit inspired Akisha’s interest in the field.
February 22: The Hidden influence of African Art on American Art and Culture
James Evans, Founder of CARE, will discuss the hidden influence of Black art, including visual, vocal and dance. The finale will feature a guest performance from celebrated soprano Adia Evans.
For more information on each speaker, go to https://careawo.org/american-black-history/. CARE speakers are available for interviews.
Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity is a 501©3 nonprofit that addresses organizational and personal biases within animal welfare. The mission is to bring diverse voices to the industry while also advocating for a more inclusive path to pet adoption. CARE believes in using evidence-based tools, narratives, and insights to inspire organizations to be more inclusive and less biased. It is all an effort to save more companion animal lives.