CLEMSON, S.C. — After hearing about another police shooting, it was the final straw for Clemson University graduate student Rashard Hall. He was ready for change and he was ready to find a way to be that change. That is how Ignorance Isn’t Bliss came to fruition.

Flyer for the Ignorance Isn't Bliss event happening on campus on Sept. 25 at 4 p.m.On Sept. 25, Ignorance Isn’t Bliss, a public educational forum intended to inform and unite the Clemson student body and city community, will take place in Tillman Auditorium. Hosted by Patrick Walker Reese and featuring keynote speaker Derrick D. Grace, the event aims to ensure that Clemson doesn’t become part of a tragic headline. Hoping to foster an environment for the community, law enforcement and students to trade perspectives and ask and answer questions, Ignorance Isn’t Bliss proposes collaboration at every level. The forum starts at 4 p.m. and is free of charge.

Host Walker Reese, also known as “The Dreambuilder,” is well known for his motivational and inspirational presentations about aspiring to your highest goals and enacting change. Walker Reese travels the nation and the world as a keynote speaker and seminar leader. Keynote speaker Grace is a social media sensation who encourages social awareness and fosters an “obsessive mission” to mount a necessary shift toward empowerment for all. He is best known for his Instagram videos in which he teaches his children about his social justice passions.

If there’s one thing to be taken from this event, it’s simply a new mindset.

“In many cases we see these victims killed for not complying in the way or manner that is expected by law enforcement officers,” Hall said. “Right, wrong or indifferent is not my main concern, but saving lives, educating our students/community and hearing their concerns is. I feel it’s our responsibility to our students but also our duty to the community we reside in and be an institution of higher learning for all.”

Said Hall about the impact he hopes this event will leave, “I want to put a young mother at ease about raising her child. I want to change one mindset or empower one person to make change.”

Hall is well aware that although these issues are more prominent nationally they still exist in Clemson.

“Just because it’s a small, rural city doesn’t mean there’s not education to be had. These injustices are so common now because they become viral through social media, but just because they sometimes go unrecorded doesn’t mean they aren’t happening. Clemson is such a connecting point for people all around the world, so my hope is that students will go back to the big cities after graduation and spread their education to those places,” he said.

For Hall, the message is simple: “I just want to change one life or save one life.”

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