In August we announced the Celebration of Change, a free, online event to take place September 24, featuring panels on public health, public safety, and public education. Today we’re excited to share details on three of the panels you’ll see at the event! Register at

Reconciling the Moment panel

“The unvarnished truth about the long history of violence and oppression in this country needs to be told and reconciled before for most Black and brown people’s reality will match the myth that is America.”

Michelle Duster, Author, Professor, Public Historian & Great-Granddaughter of Ida B. Wells-Barnett
reconciling the moment

The Reconciling the Moment panel will kick off the event, featuring:

Deborah Douglas, Journalist, Pulliam Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University, and 2019 Studs Terkel Community Media Award Winner

Michelle Duster, Author, Professor, Public Historian and Great Granddaughter of Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Marti Tippens Murphy, Executive Director at Facing History and Ourselves 

Karin Berry, General Editor for The Undefeated, ESPN’s content platform exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture

Public Health panel: Towards Health Equity through Community Engagement

The Public Health panel, Towards Health Equity through Community Engagement, will feature:

Jen Brown, MPH, Director & Co-Founder, Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities

Taneka Jennings, Deputy Director of HANA Center

Phyllis Rodgers, Founder & Executive Director of Peer Plus Education and Training Advocates

Darius Tandon, PhD, Co-Director of Center for Community Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Public Education panel: Changing the Narrative for Boys and Young Men of Color

The Public Education panel, Changing the Narrative for Boys and Young Men of Color (BYMOC), will feature:

Brenda Williams, Founder of My GPS

Chris Goins, Chief Equity Officer & MBKChicago Impact Community Leader at ThriveChicago

Jessica Ramos, Director of Community Engagement at Advance Illinois

Brandon Pope, Anchor/Reporter at CW26 Chicago, VP of Broadcast for NABJ-Chicago

We hope you’ll join Public Narrative and our partners at the Celebration of Change on Thursday, September 24! Free registration at