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Event to commemorate one-year anniversary of Tops shooting

flowers and peace dove signs at memorial to victims of Tops mass shooting.


Published April 20, 2023


How to bring about racial healing will be explored during an event on May 11 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at the Tops Markets on Jefferson Avenue.

The event, “Racism, Racial Literacy and Mental Health: A Conversation with Dr. Howard Stevenson,” will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Active Learning Center, Room 1220, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education and professor of Africana studies in the Human Development & Quantitative Methods Division of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also executive director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative, which is designed to promote racial literacy in education, health and community institutions.

A nationally sought expert on how to resolve racial stress and trauma that affect health at every stage of life, Stevenson will visit UB to discuss how systemic racism, racial trauma and racial stress contribute to racial health disparities, especially when it comes to mental health.

The event also will include discussion from a panel that includes Isaac Burt, associate professor, Graduate School of Education; Anyango Kamina, assistant dean for student development and academic enhancement, Jacobs School; Christopher St. Vil, assistant professor, School of Social Work; and Kinzer M. Pointer, pastor, Agape Fellowship Baptist Church.

A year after a white gunman killed 10 Black individuals at the grocery store, and wounded several others, survivors of the shooting, the victims’ families and the broader Buffalo community continue to recover and heal. Jacqueline Hollins, interim vice provost for inclusive excellence, and Suzanne Rosenblith, dean of the Graduate School of Education, met with members of the UB community to discuss how best to commemorate May 14 and decided that engaging the community in conversation would be most appropriate and thoughtful.

Hollins and Rosenblith credited LaGarrett King, associate professor of learning and instruction in the Graduate School of Education and director of the Center for K-12 Black History and Racial Literacy, for planning the program.

Registration is now open. A Zoom link will be provided for those interested in watching the virtual portion of the event.

Sponsors include the Graduate School of Education; the Office of Inclusive Excellence; the Jacobs School; the School of Social Work; the K-12 Center for Black History and Racial Literacy Education in the Graduate School of Education; and the Community Health Equity Research Institute.