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Morgan State to host forum on inequities faced by girls and women of color

Morgan State University and the African American Policy Forum will host a town hall this month to discuss inequities experienced by girls and women of color.

The forum, "Breaking Silence: A Town Hall Hearing on Women and Girls of Color in Baltimore," will be held from noon to 4 p.m. April 25 at Morgan's student center theater at 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane. Kimberlé Crenshaw, a professor at UCLA and Columbia Law Schools, will moderate the discussion.

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The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of a series of hearings intended to promote dialogue about the experiences of girls when it comes to school discipline, incarceration, domestic violence, trafficking and other matters, according to the organizers. It follows forums held in other cities, including New York and Chicago.

African American Policy Forum, which was co-founded by Crenshaw, has been pushing for girls to be included in the president's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, as well as other programs focused on boys and men, such as Black Male Achievement by Open Society Foundations. The group has been promoting the #WhyWeCantWait and #BlackGirlsMatter social media campaigns and published the report, "Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Over-policed and Under-protected," in February.

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Those interested in attending should sign up at bit.ly/baltimoretownhall.

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