Mandela Social Justice Day: Keynote Speaker Tia Oso

Nelson Mandela Social Justice Day

Tia Oso will present the keynote address:

Chaos or Community: The Persistent Question in Achieving Racial Progress and Human Rights

50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Nobel Prize winning book, this talk discusses how progressives must not forget the importance of developing a radically inclusive coalition in building a full-fledged human rights movement in the United States today. 

Oso’s Professional Bio

Tia Oso is a nationally respected organizer, strategist, and emerging leader on issues of racial equity, migrant rights and social justice.  She has worked with #SayHerName and #BlackLivesMatter organizations.  A dynamic leader and political strategist with over 15 years of grassroots organizing experience, Oso is an experienced community engagement professional specializing in social change initiatives such as building multi-racial and cross-cultural coalitions and strategic planning for grassroots community development. Her theory of change is firmly rooted in the ability of everyday people to become change-makers for social and economic justice.  Oso's passion for human rights and witty enthusiasm, move and inspire audiences to take action and make a difference in the world around them.


The mission of the Nelson Mandela Social Justice Day and Speaker Series is to raise dialogue at USI around current issues of human and civil rights, public service, and activism through diverse, dynamic, nationally, and internationally known public intellectuals and academics.  We aim to augment each speaker’s visit with a day of educational opportunities for the USI community.  In these activities we hope to commemorate Nelson Mandela, an internationalist educator, activist, and champion of human and civil rights.

Wednesday, February 21 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

University Center, Carter Hall
8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47712, USA

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