Kevin Powell, an activist against violence against women and girls, will give two presentations at Dillard University this month as part of a campuswide series of events focusing on domestic violence awareness.
Powell will speak on “Manhood: Changing Us, Changing the World” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Georges Auditorium at the Professional Schools Building at Dillard, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans.
Earlier that day, he will conduct a domestic violence workshop tailored for men at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Room 131-135 of the Professional Schools Building.
He will conduct a workshop tailored for women at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Professional Schools Building.
In addition, there will be a “Take Back the Night” poetry slam at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Will Alexander Library.
There will be a “Take Back the Night” citywide march involving Loyola, SUNO, Tulane and Xavier as well as Dillard from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, beginning on the Marquette lawn at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans.
According to the September report by the Violence Policy Center, Louisiana has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the country. The report ranks Louisiana in the No. 4 spot for homicide among female victims based on the FBI Supplementary Homicide Report data (2012). When race is considered, black females are murdered at a rate nearly two and half times higher than white females: 2.46 per 100,000 to 1.0 per 100,000, the report said. In addition, 93 percent of female victims were murdered by someone they knew.
“That’s why it is so important for us to have these workshops and conversations with our students,” said Toya Barnes-Teamer, vice president for student success at Dillard. “We’re taking the month of October to bring about an awareness of domestic violence. We want to help students understand it, recognize the signs, and learn behavior that will prevent them from becoming victims or perpetrators.”
For information and for a full schedule of events go to www.dillard.edu.