Date(s) - 12/02/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
THE BLOCK off biltmore, 39 S. Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Monday, December 2, 2019 – 7:00pm
Fania E. Davis, a leading national voice on restorative justice and long-time social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, restorative justice practitioner, writer and educator with a PhD in Indigenous Knowledge, will discuss her recent book Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice: Black Lives, Justice, and U.S. Social Transformation.
Coming of age in Birmingham, Alabama during the social ferment of the civil rights era, the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963 Sunday School bombing crystallized within Fania a passionate commitment to social transformation. For the next decades, she was active in the Civil Rights, Black liberation, women’s, prisoners’, peace, anti-racial violence, economic justice and anti-apartheid movements. Studying with indigenous healers, particularly African, catalyzed Fania’s search for a healing justice, ultimately leading her to bring restorative justice to Oakland, California.
Founding Director of Restorative Justice of Oakland Youth (RJOY) and Co-Founding Board Member of the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ), her numerous honors include the Ubuntu award for service to humanity, the Dennis Maloney Award for excellence in Youth Restorative Justice (NACRJ), the Black Feminist Shapeshifters and Waymakers’ Award, the Tikkun (Repair the World) award, the Ella Baker Jo Baker Human Rights Award, the Bioneers’ Changemaker Award, the LaFarge Social Justice Award, and the Ebony POWER 100 award. The Los Angeles Times named her a New Civil Rights Leader of the 21st Century.
Fania, who resides in Oakland, California, writes and speaks internationally on restorative justice, racial justice, social justice, school-based restorative justice, restorative justice to interrupt the racialized school to prison pipeline and mass incarceration, a restorative justice-based truth and reconciliation process to transform historical harm against African Americans, gender and restorative justice, restorative justice to promote community peace and healing, restorative justice and indigeneity and other subjects.
Fania will be available after the talk to autograph her book.