Social Justice Week Launched this Fall in Honor of DJ Henry

DJ HenryPace launched its first-ever Social Justice Week Monday, October 26, through Friday, October 30, to further cement the University’s commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. It was held in memory of Danroy “DJ” Henry Jr., a Pace University junior and football player who was shot and killed by a Pleasantville police officer in 2010. The week-long events consisted of a series of social justice-centered programs across both the New York City and Pleasantville campuses and virtually and were organized directly by our passionate Pace Community of students, faculty, and staff.

Programming included deep dives into subjects like education reform, incarceration, voter rights, and solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement; film screenings and an author reading; a water justice tour; and even a talk with President of the National Urban League Marc Morial. The Black Student Union in Pleasantville also hosted a retirement ceremony for DJ’s No. 12 jersey, on Thursday, October 29, which would have been DJ’s 31st birthday. The following week, a campus rally in Pleasantville was held to celebrate DJ’s life and legacy and to bring attention and awareness to social justice issues. 

“DJ gives us a reason to fight, he reminds us of our purpose here on this campus,” Amari Perez, the Pleasantville Black Student Union president, told ABC7 NY. Carlton Aiken, Pace quarterback, agreed. He said, “We want to do our part just to make sure DJ’s name is never forgotten and make sure that DJ’s story is heard, because it’s 10 years later and we're still facing the same thing today.”