Rosa Parks Museum to host free community forum series in October

September 29, 2017

The Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University will host a series of free community forums in October, focusing on the school to prison pipeline, bullying and mental health issues.

Real Talk Community Forum events will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 10, Oct. 17 and Oct. 24, featuring panels of experts, who will address social issues and answer questions from the audience in the museum’s auditorium on TROY’s Montgomery Campus.

On Oct. 10, Frank Knaack of Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Charlotte Morrison of the Equal Justice Initiative, and Ronald Smith of New Way will discuss the “School to Prison Pipeline.” The panel will be moderated by Maureen Costello of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project.

The Oct. 17 event will focus on bullying and feature panelists Mary Kathryn Fletcher of Triumph Services, Inc., and representatives from CAIR Alabama and Free2Be Montgomery. Troy University professor Dr. Kanessa Doss will serve as the moderator.

Mental health issues will be the focus of the Oct. 24 forum, featuring panelists Ashley Foster of the Alabama Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Dr. Venus Hewing of Auburn University and Nancy Thomas of Montgomery Psychiatry Associates. Tonya Scott-Williams of “The Mommy Chronicles” podcast will serve as the moderator.

For additional information about the Real Talk Community Forum Series, contact the museum at 334-241-8701.