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Fellow Dawn Turner “Challenging What We Think We Know” (Guest: Rep. Bruce F...

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Institute of Politics

5707 South Woodlawn Avenue

Chicago, IL 60637

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Bruce Franks has tattoos on his face and is a rapper. But he’s also a Missouri state representative, the creator of a youth violence prevention program and an entrepreneur. Franks raps about injustice, hoodies, Trayvon Martin, and the police-involved shootings of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Sandra Bland. Franks believes that in order to understand a situation, one must see it first-hand. So, he organized a bus trip to take his Republican statehouse colleagues to his South Side St. Louis neighborhood “to understand the root causes of the problems” there. He said he got the idea from the bus tour that freshmen representatives took across the state, which opened his eyes to Missouri’s deeply impoverished and rural Republican areas where people are beset by some of the same problems—homelessness, drug addiction, violence—facing impoverished black folks. Franks will talk about how the media portrays beleaguered communities and how some portrayals help, and others hurt.

Special Guest: State Representative Bruce Franks (D-MO)

This seminar is part of IOP Pritzker Fellow Dawn Turner's series, “African-American Images in the Media & the Impact on Policies."

  • This seminar is open to students only and off the record.
  • Registration is required. However, seating is limited on a first come, first serve basis; capacity in the IOP Living Room is 45.
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  • This venue is physically accessible and has gender-neutral restrooms. Please contact the Institute of Politics at politics@uchicago.edu or 773-834-4671 with any questions or accommodation requests.
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