“Activism is necessary to work towards uprooting and undoing white supremacy, in the hopes of attaining a more just society.”— Nekima Levy-Armstrong
About the Facilitator
Nekima Valdez Levy Armstrong is an American lawyer and social justice activist. She served as president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP from 2015 to 2016. She has led a variety of organizations that focus on issues of racial equality and disparity in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area. Levy Armstrong was an associate professor of law at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis from 2003 to 2016. After concluding her term as an NAACP chapter president and leaving her academic post, she ran for mayor of Minneapolis in the 2017 election. She has been a prominent local activist in several protests over the killing of unarmed black Americans by police officers.
Levy Armstrong participated in the anti-police brutality protests in Ferguson, Missouri in mid 2014. She also took part in a Black Lives Matter protest of police brutality at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota in December 2014. She and ten other protesters were charged by the City of Bloomington with disorderly conduct and trespass which carried a maximum penalty of a fine up to $8,000 and a prison sentence of up to two years. Restitution charges for $40,000 against the protesters were later withdrawn by the city. In November 2015, a Hennepin County judge dismissed the charges against Levy Armstrong and the ten others charged by Bloomington.
About the Course
Goals and Objectives
- Increase awareness and understanding of racial equity and how to put it into practice at work and in daily life
- Increase awareness and understanding of common terms, definitions, and concepts related to racial equity, racism, and bias.
- Bridge the gap in understanding of the history of white supremacy; white privilege, anti-blackness inequality under law, and oppression.
- Unpack and discuss structural racism and how it shows up in society and in our work.
- Raise awareness around activism and allyship and how to use privilege to effect change.
- Identify tools and examples of racial equity in practice and how to shift to the next level.
Continuing Education Units
CEUs have been approved by the Minnesota boards of Behavioral Health & Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy and Social Work
Estimated Time to Complete: 3 hours