Valencia to Hold Weeklong Workshop Series About Justice

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Orlando, FL – Valencia College’s Peace and Justice Institute launches its annual weeklong Conversation on Justice on Monday, Jan. 29 and will hold 34 workshops, films and dialogues about many of today’s hot-button issues, including gender violence, immigration, income inequality, race and sexual orientation.

One of the highlights of this year’s event will be a film-screening and panel discussions about the 1920 Ocoee race riots, in which black community leader July Perry was lynched by the Ku Klux Klan and an unknown number of Ocoee residents were killed after a black man attempted to vote.  This is part of a three-month community project titled “1920 Ocoee and Beyond: Paths to Truth and Reconciliation,” which is supported by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council.

Additionally, participants can attend an open mic night on East Campus on Tuesday, Jan. 30, view a screening of “Love the Sinner,” exploring Pulse and the intersection and religion and the LGBTQ+ community, consider conscious consumerism at the Winter Park Campus, have “coffee with a cop” on Lake Nona Campus and attend a black history breakfast celebration Feb. 1 on East Campus. All events are free and open to the public.

Students will also be invited to attend “Know Your Rights” workshops, in which college students learn how to respond to law enforcement in a way that does not provoke or escalate the situation.

For more information or to see a full schedule of activities, please visit

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