Organizing for Black Liberation: A Conversation Across Generations with Bob and Helen Singleton

Monday, March 15, 2021 5:30pm

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This forum is designed to celebrate the multi-generational exchange of ideas, principles and goals that advance racial justice in the US. To this end, we are bringing together leaders who are current LMU student activists, alumni leaders and emeritus faculty like Robert Singleton, and his wife Helen Singleton M.A. '85; all who have been activists in the quest for equity. #BlackAtLMU coordinates LMUs Black organizations, helping them to strive for inclusion and promotion within LMU. #BlackAtLMU is the bonding force between the active and driven Black students on our campus. This effort grew out of the experiences of a small group of activists, and now the coalition has successfully demanded that the University develop and advance efforts towards racial equity and justice. #BlackAtLMU alumni will share the work that they did to found this movement; and current students will bring the perspectives of today's activists. Robert Singleton and Helen Singleton M.A. '85, have spent decades invested in the advancement of civil rights nationally and in Los Angeles. In the summer of 1961 they were leaders of the Los Angles Freedom Riders. As organizers with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), they fought against racially restrictive housing laws on the citys west side as well as against segregated barbershops in the Westwood area. In November 2017, Robert Singleton retired after 35 years of service as a professor of economics at LMU. Helen Singleton is now retired after years of working with government, educational and nonprofit arts organizations. As reported by the UCLA Newsroom, the Singletons are currently concerned about racial profiling and the use of force by police, as well as the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision blunting the Voting Rights Act of 1965. However, the youth today have more tools for change than we had, Helen Singleton said, but the obstacles are less visible. And because of this, they have called for a forum to share ideas across the generations.

This event is part of the 2020-21 Bellarmine Forum focused on Transformative Justice.

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It was a great evening, very inspiring.

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