Community Storytelling for Social Change

In times of turmoil, storytelling can be a catalyst for policy change, as well as a symbol for healing and resistance. On the 30th anniversary of the Los Angeles Uprising, SCI and its partners presented a panel discussion, “Community Storytelling for Policy Change – The Lasting Influence of Latasha Harlins, Rodney King, and the 1992 LA Uprising.” 

Panelists explored the intergenerational impact of storytelling and its symbiotic relationship with public policy. Moderated by Dr. Erroll Southers, the discussion featured Lora King, Shinese Harlins-Kilgore, the Rev. Dr. Najuma Smith-Pollard, and Dr. Allissa V. Richardson.

Watch some of the event highlights below.

The event was presented by SCI, the USC Black Alumni Association, the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future, and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

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