SPJ Houston to present “Race, Justice and the Media” panel discussion

The case in which neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, a white Hispanic, was acquitted of second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, a black Florida teenager, has once again exposed deep divisions among the American population on a wide range of issues including racial relations, Second Amendment rights and the definition of self-defense in criminal trials. It has also raised questions concerning media coverage and whether it is the role of the media to report the facts of a news story or to become an advocate for one individual or point of view.

SPJ Houston will present a discussion with a distinguished panel comprised of legal scholars, community journalists and social commentators to discuss the various issues related to this significant case and the role of the media in this case and those similar to it.

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14

Where: Houston Central Library, 500 McKinney in downtown



• Jesse Muhammad, writer for the Nation of Islam’s “Final Call” newspaper

• Shelby Moore, South Texas College of Law professor

• Tyrone Tillery, University of Houston associate professor of history

• Orlando Sanchez, Harris County treasurer

• Dorris Ellis, publisher of “The Houston Sun

(Speaker bios Aug 14)

SPJ members, representatives of the media and members of the general public are encouraged to attend and take part in this important discussion.

Attendance is free. Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to houstonspj@hotmail.com by Aug. 12.

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