JUNE 2, 2020
On February 23rd, just two days after the Brooklyn Friends School 11th grade returned from their Nobis Project field study experience “Race, Power, and the Preservation of African-American History & Gullah-Geechee Culture” in Savannah and on Sapelo Island, Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man and Sapelo descendant was shot and killed by two white men while jogging in Brunswick, Georgia. As a school community, we have been holding Ahmaud Arbery’s friends and family in light and love, and we have been inspired and moved by their powerful organizing to galvanize over 80,000 people through the IRunWithMaud campaign for justice.
On June 2nd, we are honored to welcome Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, as well as IRunWithMaud Committee Founding Members Akeem Baker, Demetris Frazier, Jason Vaughn, Josiah “Jazz” Watts, and Pastor John Richards to join us via Zoom and share their message with students and school communities across the country. They’ll speak with us about Ahmaud Arbery, their personal experiences in the aftermath of his murder, and what this tragic journey means for them and for all of us. Our guests will discuss their perspectives on systemic racism, policing, accountability, and justice in America – for Ahmaud and for all Black and Brown bodies. They will also emphasize what each of us – young and old – can actively do to seek justice and create change rather than sitting idly by.
We will be joined by Wanda Cooper-Jones, Ahmaud’s mother, as well as “IRunWithMaud Committee” Founding Members:
Akeem Baker – Ahmaud’s best friend
Demetris Frazier – Ahmaud’s cousin and close childhood friend
Jason Vaughn – Ahmaud’s high school coach
Josiah “Jazz” Watts – Ahmaud’s cousin
Pastor John Richards – Coach Vaughn’s brother
This event is being organized for students nationwide by members of the IRunWithMaud Committee in collaboration with the Brooklyn Friends School Office of Service Learning & Civic Engagement and IRunWithMaud Student Interns Cyrah, Kayla, Loane & Bebe (BFS Class of 2021). Please contact Natania at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.