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Illinois State University Speaker Series: Janaya Khan
Demanding Social Transformation, Justice, and Equality for All
April 20, 1 p.m.
Prairie Room, Bone Student Center
23rd Annual Women’s and Gender Studies Symposium
With a timely message about the transformational power of protest, International Ambassador for the #BlackLivesMatter Network Janaya Khan, is a leading activist who engages you in a profound discussion about social justice and equality.
Known as “Future” within the Black Lives Matter movement, Janaya is a black, queer, gender-nonconforming activist (pronouns: they, them, theirs), staunch Afrofuturist and social-justice educator who presents an enlightening point of view on police brutality and systemic racism.
Janaya has been honored with several awards, including the 2015 Bromley Armstrong Humanitarian Award, and has been featured in media outlets, including the Feminist Wire, RaceBaitR, and The Root. Janaya currently serves as executive director of Gender Justice LA, a grassroots multi-racial coalition of transgender people and allies.
Janaya’s eye-opening presentations are underpinned by a deep commitment to social transformation. With compelling narratives, Janaya illustrates how individual lives are affected by inequality and rouses audiences to actively seek justice for all.
The Illinois State University Speaker Series seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas, and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process. All talks are free and open to the public.