Uniting the Diaspora: Conversations on Black Immigration

Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30–9 p.m.: In this current political climate, narratives that pit Black Americans and undocumented immigrants against one another are all too common and pull focus away from the people and systems that are actually responsible for the disenfranchisement of both communities. Join us for an evening of powerful conversations debunking the divisive misconceptions of immigration

  • Opening Remarks by Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and CEO of The California Endowment
  • Moderated by Nana Gyamfi, human rights and criminal defense attorney, Vice Chair of the Board and Managing Director of BAJI

Guest Panelists:

  • Dawn-Lyen Gardner: Afro-Asian actress and activist. She is best known for her leading role in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series Queen Sugar.
  • Bambadjan Bamba: African actor, immigrant rights activist and DACA recipient. His recent projects include Marvel's Black Panther and NBC's The Good Place.
  • Steven C. Pitts: Associate Chair, UC-Berkeley Labor Center. He focuses on issues of job quality and Black workers and designs projects to build solidarity between Black and Latino immigrant workers.
  • Marta Connor: Afro-Honduran with Temporary Protected Status and 30 years living in the U.S.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM 

  • Reception with light appetizers and refreshments - 6:30 PM
  • Program – 7:00 PM

WHERE: The California Endowment - Redwood Room, 1000 Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012