Main Topic: Dehumanization of the Black Male Form
Main Speaker: Corey Clay
Music: Maryanna Sokol
Main talk Summary:
Only 14% of Black males are proficient in reading by 4th grade. If this was the case for White males, the media would categorize this as an epidemic and a national security risk. If a Black male is not proficient in reading by the 4th grade, they only have a 20% chance of graduating from high school on grade level.
Corey is an academic, veteran, and former corrections and probation officer. He has worked and mentored students and youth to varying degrees. His core is helping discuss issues of the black male form, having conversations about the effects of trauma, and helming talks about the ins and outs of the criminal justice system in America. A Texas native, Corey has formerly lived in Portland, Oregon, and currently lives in Seattle, Washington. Corey loves engaging others in tough conversations about race and diversity and having people “do the work” to advocate for anti-racism. He speaks on issues of trauma, race, diversity, gender, toxic masculinity, LGBTQ+ issues, and human rights. His goal is to enlighten organizations not just to create dialog but create plans of action. His work is also done from a humanist perspective, i.e., he emphasizes empathy and stresses the good in human behavior. Corey is currently the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Mechanical Engineering Department at The University of Washington.
Musician Bio :
Maryanna Sokol is a Board Certified Music Therapist and native Houstonian whose original music has been heard on MTV, NPR, Houston’s own KPFT, and both local and national tours. With poignant, witty lyrics, signature lilting vocals, and a unique songwriting style that draws from multiple genres, Maryannna’s music will leave the listener wanting — and feeling — more. Maryanna recently returned home from 3+ years in California and is excited to be back performing at Houston Oasis. Check out her latest single & video release, “This is How,” which premiered July 2023, and follow her online for more information about her original musical “Future Love Story,” which she is currently working toward bringing to Houston audiences.
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The Montrose Center
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