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SDSU, Black Community Groups Organize Events Focused On Healing

Protesters gathered in Balboa Park where they read the names of black people ...

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Above: Protesters gathered in Balboa Park where they read the names of black people who were killed by police, June 1, 2020.

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As people try to deal with the pain and anger triggered by the death of George Floyd, some are out protesting, others are acting out with violence and some are turning to each other to share feelings and find solidarity.

Aired: June 2, 2020 | Transcript

As people try to deal with the pain and anger triggered by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a police officer restrained him by pressing a knee into his neck for nearly 9 minutes, some are protesting, others are responding with violence and some are turning to each other to share their feelings and find solidarity.

A virtual event focused on healing, "The Sit In: A Black Healing Experience," is planned for Tuesday evening and is sponsored by several groups advocating for San Diego’s black community, including Black Lives Matter San Diego, The SOULcial Workers, March For Black Womxn San Diego, San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition, The Transistance Network, We All We Got San Diego, Blackline 1-800-604-5841, Black Womxn Save My Life and Black Xpression.

"Because Black people making the choice to sit together and heal is a form of protest," the event organizer wrote on its Facebook invitation. "It is important that as we navigate this time (that is not unlike all of the other times where our lives have been stolen) that we give ourselves space to breathe...scream...cry...be."

The event's organizer's, Dairrick "Khalil Bleux" Hodges, creator of The SOULcial Workers, and Kelsey O. Daniels, founder of Black Womxn Save My Life, joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss how healing can be a form of resistance.

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San Diego State University has organized several virtual events this week. The next event, a community-wide teach in titled, “Teaching and Supporting Black Students: Advancing Student Needs in Times of Racial Crisis,” will take place on Thursday, June 4 at 10 a.m.

J. Luke Wood, SDSU's vice president for student affairs and campus diversity, joins Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss the goal of these events.

Editor's Note: Dairrick Hodges' first name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story. We regret the error.

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