The MSR to host ‘Call To Action: We Are Not Okay’ Virtual Town Hall on July 2


The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) will host “We Are Not Okay” virtual town hall on July 2 at 6 pm CST.

African Americans and people of color are experiencing a pandemic within a pandemic as communities work to navigate a global health crisis while also facing system racism and disparities.

Thursday’s conversation will explore how our communities are required to process trauma while still experiencing ongoing trauma. Featured panelists include Dr. Joi Lewis, author, “Healing: The Act of Radical Self-Care”; Dr. Brandon Jones, NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center; and Catrice Jackson, author, “Antagonists, Advocates & Allies.”

The town hall will focus on their work, recommendations, and calls to action for self-empowerment and healing. Stephenetta Harmon, former MSR editor-in-chief and founder of Sadiaa, will moderate the discussion.

This is the second in a series of conversations featuring voices from the community and elected officials to discuss the state of Black Minnesota in the midst of civil unrest and demands for systemic overhaul following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

“In this time of unrest, people of all colors are tired of the mistreatment and loss of lives that have been taken at the hands of police officers across the county,” said Tracey Williams-Dillard, MSR publisher. “The time is now to start the conversation of where to go from here and how to help our community process and push for tangible change.”

Stream the conversation live on MSR’s Facebook page at or here on our website at