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Little Rock social justice champion Saafir to speak at Ozarks on Feb. 5

January 5, 2015
By cnp
Posted in Community Events

Little Rock community leader and social justice advocate I. Malik Saafir, the founder and president of the Janus Institute for Justice, will kick off the Spring Semester lineup of the University of the Ozarks' Walton Arts & Ideas Series on Thursday, Feb. 5.

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Little Rock social justice advocate I. Malik Saafir will speak at U of O on Thursday, Feb. 5, as part of the 2014-15 Walton Arts & Ideas Series.

Saafir will speak in the University’s Rogers Conference Center at 7 p.m. on Feb. 5. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Saafir is the founder of the Little Rock-based Janus Institute for Justice, a nonprofit organization committed to the advancement of environmental and social justice through education, advocacy and activism, social media, volunteerism, community outreach and other forms of non-violent, civic engagement.  The organization focuses on the three E’s: education, engagement and empowerment. They work closely with the community and socially responsible partners "to develop long-term strategies and solutions aimed at ameliorating the gross structural, social and environmental disparities that adversely and disproportionately affect the working poor, minorities and other voiceless members of our community."

Saafir, who holds a master’s degree in adult education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as well as a master of divinity degree from Vanderbilt University, trains advocates and activists how to interpret, translate and apply theories of justice through environmental and social justice projects.

He has devoted his career to the study of the intersection between religion, ethics and culture, seeking to end the adverse impacts of racial, economic and health disparities in low-income communities. He currently serves on the UALR, Institute for Race and Ethnicity Steering Committee, and the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences’ Center for Health Disparities Community Advisory Board.

Saafir is the recipient of the 2010 Interfaith Award sponsored by the Christian Unity and Inter-Religious Concerns Committee of the Arkansas United Methodists Annual Conference. He became a GreenFaith Fellow in 2012. His most recent accomplishments is becoming a Toyota TogetherGreen Fellow.

For more information on Saafir’s lecture, please contact the Office of Public Relations at 479-979-1433.