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RETHINKING RACE: Black, White and Beyond

Feb. 20 – March 5, 2022

A virtual forum in which race and race-related issues can be discussed, examined, and hopefully, better understood through conversations, film, and speakers. Rethinking Race hopes to engage the public with important topics such as diversity in the workplace and awareness of issues and culture.

Please Note – Many events for Rethinking Race are still in development and will continue to be added throughout January and February 2022. We encourage students, faculty, staff and community members to visit the Rethinking Race calendar often between now and February to see what is being offered, get involved, and RSVP for events.

UA alumnus and Academy Award winning filmmaker
Matthew Cherry

Matthew Cherry

Alumnus Matthew A. Cherry, a former NFL wide receiver who has gone on to a career in film, won an Oscar for his animated short film “Hair Love” in Feb. 2020.

The Chicago native studied mass media, radio and television here at UA, and was a second-team All-Mid-American Conference selection at wide receiver in 2003. Following his time at UA, Cherry played three seasons in the NFL – Jacksonville Jaguars (2004), Cincinnati Bengals (2005) and Carolina Panthers (2006).

He retired from the Baltimore Ravens in 2007. After football, Cherry put his studies at UA to use by embarking on a career behind the camera — writing, directing and producing. His early credits include music videos and he has gone on to work on a variety of projects, including the film “BlacKkKlansman” as well as the television shows “Black-ish,” “The Last O.G.” and “Whiskey Cavalier.”


All Rethinking Race Events strongly encourage registration. Click on the event title in the calendar to complete your registration. Virtual access information will be emailed to you prior to event.

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You may choose to be entered in the drawing for gift cards and prizes.

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