Save Our Sisters

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Assembly Hall

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Assembly Hall

As state violence rises among communities of color, issues of rape and domestic violence lay buried in the ground, leaving us to wonder: Do #BlackWomensLivesMatter?

Join panelists Zerlina Maxwell, Jamilah Lemeiux, and Dr. Dawne Dupart as we bring these issues to the forefront of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Read the Global Voices interview with Zerlina Maxwell and Dr. Dawne Collier here.

Zerlina Maxwell is a political analyst, speaker, and contributing writer for, and  She writes about national politics, candidates, and specific policy and culture issues including domestic violence, sexual assault, victim blaming and gender inequality. She has consulted with the United States Department of State to promote the use of social media by students in the West Bank and is a frequent speaker at colleges, universities, and organizations about rape culture and feminism.  She was profiled in the New York Times as a top political twitter voice to follow during the 2012 election season and she was selected by TIME as one of the best Twitter feeds in 2014.  She was recently selected as one of the most influential Black Americans under the age of 45 by The Root. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Daily News, The Washington Post, JET Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, on,,, and in other mainstream media outlets.  She is also a weekly guest and fill in host for Make It Plain with Mark Thompson on Sirius XM Progress and democratic commentator on Fox News and MSNBC.  She has a law degree from Rutgers Law School – Newark and a International Relations from Tufts University.

Jamilah Lemeiux is Chicago-born, Howard-trained and Brooklyn-made. Our heroine is a writer, editor, feminist, mom, troublemaker, provocateur and proud millenial game changer.  She says “millennial” a lot because it’s buzzy and makes her sound young. Which she totally is, of course.

An outspoken champion of Black women and girls, Jamilah is also a fierce advocate for racial equality, social justice and LGBT rights/acceptance. Race, gender and sexuality are her passion. You can check out a whole lot of her clips here.

Oh! And she’s also the Senior Editor at EBONY, the magazine of record for African-Americans since 1945. Jamilah was one of the small-but-mighty team that led the reimagining of the magazine’s website in 2012 and was later promoted to Senior Digital Editor before taking on her current role. Her work has appeared via a host of print and digital properties, including Mic, Essence, JET, Clutch, The Nation, the Washington Post, Medium, Gawker, and her now-defunct, award-winning blog, The Beautiful Struggler.

Jamilah is a frequent guest on MSNBC, Huffington Post Live and Al Jazeera America, and has also done more radio interviews than she can keep up with, including ones with NPR, the BBC and the CBC. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation’s most influential African Americans, as well as Fortune’s list of the most infleuntial women on Twitter.

Jamilah has made numerous appearances on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Report with Larry Wilmore , including a spirited conversation about Bill Cosby that got her gif-ted on Tumblr (a sign of millenial achievement!) and also appeared on  MTV2’s Uncommon Sense.

In 2015, she penned the forward for the Verso re-release of Michele Wallace’s groundbreaking Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman and also received the Maggie Award for Excellence in Commentary from Planned Parenthood and the Ivy Award for Social Engagement from the Delta Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Dawne Collier is a compassionate OB-GYN treating patients in Plainfield, Illinois, and the surrounding communities. Her approach centers on a commitment to education, both for her patients and her own continuing medical education. She applies her excellent interpersonal skills and leadership abilities to enhance her practice. She also holds certification from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Global Voices Lecture Series, the Beta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., RSVP, the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, & Culture, and the Student Government Finance Committee.

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