Our Voices: Fathers of Children Killed by Law Enforcement Speak Up

Our Voices: Fathers of Children Killed by Law Enforcement Speak Up

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Saturday, Aug. 20 10:00 AM (Eastern)

Ends: Saturday, Aug. 20 11:00 AM (Eastern)

The stereotype of the absent Black father gained currency in the 1960s as the political advancements of the civil rights movement failed to translate into economic and social progress for everyday Black Americans. Social science research turned away from structural explanations for inequality toward a search for behavioral causes. Join us for a powerful conversation with Black fathers, uncles and sons whose lives have been impacted by police violence and hear how they are fighting against this pervasive stereotype of the absent Black father.

Panelists

Kenneth Chamberlain

Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr. is a skilled human service professional with a wide range of work experiences. Currently, he oversees an Attitudinal Job Readiness Training program and is also a Work Experience Program Developer with the Urban League of Westchester County. In that capacity, he builds relationships with local organizations and institutions, as well as with the client population he serves. He also served as a Director of Job Development, Program Supervisor, and Substance Abuse Counselor at a previous nonprofit organization.
The perspectives Kenneth developed in his work provided a foundation when he was forced to respond to his father’s death at the hands of White Plains Police Officers on November 19, 2011. Since then Kenneth has been a voice for affecting positive change in Westchester County as well as New York State. Kenneth is one of the founding members of the Westchester Coalition for Police Reform (WCPR) which consists of community organizations, religious institutions, and individuals who share a vision of safe communities, with improved community-police relations and greater police accountability and transparency. Kenneth is also a member of Families United for Justice which is an organization of family members who either have family members or they themselves have been victims of some sort of police misconduct, brutality, and criminality.
Kenneth attended Concordia College in Bronxville, NY where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences. He has done speaking engagements at several colleges and universities Westchester Community College, SUNY Purchase, Brooklyn, and whenever asked he participates and has organized several panel discussions around police misconduct, brutality, and criminality. He has received a Certificate of Appreciation for commitment and dedication to the community from the Westchester County Board of Legislators, an Award for continued service to the City of Mount Vernon, NY from Unity Baptist Tabernacle Church a Champion of the Community award from Westchester Martin Luther King Jr. Institute for Nonviolence, as well as a Proclamation from the New York State Senate. When asked why he does this type of work Kenneth’s response is simple “you want for your brother and sister that which you want for yourself and when I say brother and sister I mean all people because one’s works are more important than one’s skin color.”


Cephus "Uncle Bobby" Johnson

Cephus “Uncle Bobby X” Johnson, Uncle Bobby X, is a social justice activist at the forefront of ending police violence in America. After his nephew, Oscar Grant was murdered by a Bart police officer in 2009, Cephus has founded four grassroots social justice organizations, the Oscar Grant Foundation, Love Not Blood Campaign, California Families United 4 Justice, and a National Families United 4 Justice Network- a growing nationwide collective of families impacted by police violence. Cephus has received many prestigious awards for his social justice police accountability work,

In 2019 Cephus received The Black Panther Party Community Award, Oakland City Council Commendation Award, the Oakland City Council Resolution for innovation, groundbreaking work, promoting positive change and uplift for the city of Oakland in the field of Social Justice, including the 2019 Frontline Warriors Keepers Award, The Dick Gregory Award 2018, Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) Award 2017, The Fannie Lou Hamer Award 2016, The Hero of Forgiveness Award 2016, The Henry Moskowitz Award 2015, The Kwame Ture Black Star of Labor Award 2015, The Black Organizing Project Award 2014, The Martin Luther King Jr Gene Young Award 2014, and many others.

He has served as a leading expert on the creation of the National Impacted Families Movement of police murder.

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