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Police Brutality: Defunding the Police & Community Control

November 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bowie State’s African Psychology Student Association (APSA) Presents to you a Panel Discussion on Police Brutality and Community Control.


Dr. Iyelli Ichile teaches History, in the Department of Social Sciences at Prince George’s Community College, where she also serves as the Director of the African American Studies Institute. She has a PhD in the History of the African Diaspora from Howard University, and a Master’s in African American Studies from Columbia University. Her most important education, however, took place in her mother’s home? While in graduate school, she developed a research agenda that has been supported by the Smithsonian Folklife Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and several university grants. Dr. Ichile has taught at a number of colleges and universities, including Temple University, Montgomery College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Florida A&M University, and Goddard College. She considers it a privilege to also be the teacher and mother of an amazing daughter. Her work is an exploration of the roles of women of African descent in Black freedom movements. She specifically examines the connections between African military cultures, spirituality, art and interpersonal relationships—as they relate to African liberation struggles.

Dhoruba Bin Wahad was a leader member of the New York Black Panther Party, a Field Secretary of the BPP responsible for organizing chapters throughout the East Coast, and a member of the Panther 21. Arrested June 1971, he was framed as part of the illegal FBI Counter Intelligence program (COINTELPRO) and subjected to unfair treatment and torture during his nineteen years in prison. During Dhoruba’s incarceration, litigation on his behalf produced over three hundred thousand pages of COINTELPRO documentation, and upon release in 1990 he was able to bring a successful lawsuit against the New York Department of Corrections for all their wrongdoings and criminal activities. Living in both Ghana and the U.S. Dhoruba, an uncompromising critic of imperialism and capitalism, continues to write and work promoting freedom for all political prisoners and revolutionary Pan-Africanism.

Dr. Vanessa Patton-Scott is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling at Bowie State University. She received her EdD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University and her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Board-Approved Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Patton-Scott has over 15 years of clinical experience in helping individuals in the Black community overcome mental health issues related to crisis intervention, trauma, depression, and anxiety. In addition, Dr. Patton-Scott has a strong passion for self-care and wellness that is infused into her teaching, clinical practice, and research. Currently, she has a private clinical supervision practice with an emphasis on self-care and professional development.

Netfa Freeman is an organizer in Pan-African Community Action, the Events Coordinator at the Institute for Policy Studies and radio producer and host for Voices With Vision on WPFW 89.3 FM, Washington DC.

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