Aug 06 2020


6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

First Thursday Event – The Color of Injustice – Being Black In America



Being Black in America
Thursday, August 6, 2020 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Zoom program link:
Meeting ID: 826 6911 0480
We will also be streaming live to SCPA Facebook Page.

No explanation is needed why we are presenting this powerful and timely program. We are in the throes of the beginning of the final battle for too long overdue justice for people of color. Anyone who is unmoved by this is part of the problem. We must all get involved, stand up and shout for REAL ACTIONs that will once and for all provide equality and justice. We are asking our speakers and our audience to let us know what each of us must do to make a difference. We cannot close our eyes, turn our heads, or keep silent. We must all be transformed from “not being racist” to being ANTI-RACIST. This ZOOM and Facebook presentation is GLOBAL as is it’s cause. Please attend and spread the word. This is a once in history opportunity.

Our expert panelists include:

*Daphne Duret
Daphne Duret is a reporter for the Palm Beach Post who covers the criminal courts in Palm Beach County. Daphne, a graduate of Florida International University who also attended Florida State University, was born in Chicago but grew up in Miami. While in college, she worked part-time at The Miami Herald, and after an internship at the Chicago Tribune, she was hired at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she covered crime. Daphne came to the Post in 2006 and previously covered courts in Martin County.

*Rick Hoye
Mr. Hoye currently is the First Chair of the Broward County Democratic Party. His role in the AFL-CIO is with the Florida Future Labor Leaders. He is a middle school Social Studies teacher, and is a former law enforcement officer with the Broward County Sheriff’s Department and the Detroit Police Department.

*Kyla Jenee Lacey
Ms. Lacey is a spoken word artist, feminist, blacktivist, LGBT ally, budding blogger and tree hugger. She is primarily a spoken word artist who has performed at over 100 colleges and universities in over 30 states. Her first poem was published when she was ten years old. She has been a three time finalist in the largest regional poetry slam in the country and nominated for numerous awards for college performers. She has a modest Facebook following due to her slight humor, her love for logic, her cynicism and love for cats.
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*Shynlaka Morris
Shyriaka “Shy” Morris was born 1975, in Daytona Beach, Florida but has deep roots in both Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach, Florida. She attended Ormond Beach Junior High and graduated from Seabreeze in 1993. As a professional artist, Shy’s collection includes strong women in their fight not to struggle but to inspire a new generation of strong women. In society, where art is judged by traditional standards, Shy dares to be different with her unique portrayal of women, girls and family life. Shy is inspired by all the beautiful, natural, humble, strong, intelligent, emotional and superhuman powers that are carried by the women in our communities.

Shy is a single mother of four kids ranging in ages from 20 to 9 years old. Her degree is in Early Childhood Education from Daytona State College, Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Certified
(VPK) and a Director’s Credential from the Department of Children and Families. She has fused her love for art and education to create her organization, PEACE ARTS (Positive Education and
Creative Expressions) that provides creative educational options for over 25 years. Shy is also a Master Community Builder with over 20 years of community service. She partners with area organizations to provide free educational art experiences in “underserved” communities. Shy knows that every child has a gifted mind and she is skilled at helping her students find and open
their gifts (minds). PEACE ARTS bridges the gap between home, school and the community by creating constructive conversations with parents, school staff and community leaders.

Shy created her program to help her oldest son have an exciting educational experience in public schools. She saw as a young girl that most of the young African American boys were not graduating from high school. They were dead, strung out on drugs, in prison or selling drugs. She created a curriculum that supported the teacher but her son could have fun and she could enjoy her son being happy about his education. Now, her son is in the Airforce as an
Aviation Engineer.

Her ties to her community run deep into the heart of where she lives, works and serves, her hometown of New Smyrna Beach. She is a Community Artist for Atlantic Center for the Arts, Executive Board/Youth Programs for the Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum, New Smyrna Beach Residents Coalition Board Member, Youth Motivator/Mentor for Volusia County Schools, New Smyrna Beach PAL, New Smyrna Beach Boys and Girls Club, New Smyrna Beach Women In
Leadership, Youth Community Garden, President of the NAACP Southeast Volusia Branch and organizing The PEACE Project Inc. All of her community programs are spaces for hope and

*Leonard Ross
Mr. Ross has served 22 years as president of the Dr. Martin Luther King Coalition, seven years as president of the Melbourne Police Community Relations Council, as an organizer and leader of Melbourne Against Drugs, and is a past vice president and chairman of the Legal Redress Committee of the South Brevard branch of the NAACP. Ross is a charter member of theNational Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.