Panel Will Discuss Asian-American/African-American Race Relations in Wake of Peter Liang Case

After NYPD Officer Peter Liang was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Akai Gurley, tensions rose between the Asian-American and African-American communities. Two organizations–Asian American Business Development Center and One Hundred Black Men–have come together to organize a panel of community, civic and political leaders to discuss race relations, communication and collaboration between the two communities this Monday, March 28th, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. here at the New York City Bar Association, 42 W. 44th Street. Moderating the program, which is co-sponsored by the City Bar’s Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession and Committee on Minorities in the Profession, will be CeFaan Kim, a reporter for WABC Eyewitness News, and L. Joy Williams, Founder and Principal of LJW Strategies. The panel will feature Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; Rev. Jacques DeGraff, Associate Pastor of Canaan Baptist Church; Michael Garner, President, One Hundred Black Men; Ron Kim, New York State Assemblyman; Peter Kwong, Distinguished Professor of Asian American Studies and Urban Affairs, Hunter College; Sandra Leung, Board Member, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Walter Mosley, New York State Assemblyman; and John Wang, President, Asian American Business Development Center. Registration for this event, which is free and open to the public, is available here.