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It's a Black-White Thing: Lessons Learned from Post-Apartheid South Africa

09/16/2020 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM MT


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Race & Justice in World Affairs: Part 3

Donna Bryson is a prolific and influential Denver journalist who has written on politics, housing, criminal justice, and veterans affairs. She has served as an AP correspondent throughout the world, including two stints in South Africa beginning at the end of apartheid. On September 16, she’ll discuss her award-winning book, It’s a Black-White Thing, and lessons the US can learn from South Africa’s post-apartheid period of reconciliation and restorative justice. The conversation will be moderated by Everette Freeman, President of the Community College of Denver. This event is free and open to the community.

About Our Speaker

Donna Bryson
Award-Winning Author & Journalist

Donna Bryson is housing and hunger reporter for Denverite, an online newsmagazine that is part of Colorado Public Radio. Last year her work for Denverite earned her the Journalist of the Year honor from the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Bryson has been a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press, based in Johannesburg, New Delhi, Cairo and London. She has freelanced for such publications as The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Bryson's 2018 book, Home of the Brave, recounts how Montrose, Colorado took on the  challenge of helping military veterans reintegrate into civilian life.  Home of the Brave won second place in the non-fiction book category of the National Federation of Press Women’s 2019 Communications Contest. Bryson is also the author of It’s a Black White Thing, which explores young South Africans' attitudes about race.  It's a Black White Thing was shortlisted, in 2012, for the inaugural City Press Tafelberg Nonfiction Award, a national South African prize.


About Our Moderator

Dr. Everette J. Freeman
President, Community College of Denver

Dr. Everette Freeman’s passion for academia and student success is evidenced in the 19 years plus that he has spent in higher education leadership. He has also served two decades as a faculty member at Rutgers University (NJ), Michigan State University (MI) and Case Western Reserve University (Ohio).

Everette currently is serving as the President of the Community College of Denver, a position he has held since October, 2013. Prior to coming to Colorado, Everette was the President of Albany State University, in Albany, Georgia. Everette also served for four years as Senior Vice President and Provost at the University of Indianapolis during Peyton Manning’s years with the Colts.

Everette also has worked in the federal sector as well as private industry. Everette worked for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration in their respective human resources departments. He was a Senior Compensations Analyst for Eastman Kodak and Director of Organizational Development for Fisons Pharmaceuticals in Rochester, NY. 

He earned a Doctorate of Education in Educational Foundations at Rutgers University, a Master of Arts in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Economics from Antioch College. His research area is occupational injuries affecting aging workers as well as orchestra labor relations.

A former jazz DJ for WICR public radio on the UINY campus, Everette resides in Stapleton. He is a terrible golfer, an avid reader and audiophile.


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