main navigation
my pace

The (Easton) Examiner | PACE UNIVERSITY

News & Events

Sort/Filter

Filter Newsfeed

News Item

The (Easton) Examiner featured Pace’s Social Justice Week honoring DJ Henry in "Pace University, college of Easton’s DJ Henry, plans social justice week after 10th anniversary of his death"

10/19/2020

The (Easton) Examiner featured Pace’s Social Justice Week honoring DJ Henry in "Pace University, college of Easton’s DJ Henry, plans social justice week after 10th anniversary of his death"

While this is the first year Pace will hold Social Justice Week, the university says it will occur annually around Henry’s birthday, Oct. 29.

To honor the life of Danroy “DJ” Henry Jr., a Pace University student from Easton who was shot and killed by a Pleasantville police officer 10 years ago Saturday, the university will host an annual social justice week in October.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 26, programming during social justice week will focus on access, equity, rights, participation and the intersectional nature of social justice. While this is the first year Pace will hold Social Justice Week, the university says it will occur annually around Henry’s birthday, Oct. 29.

Ten years ago was Pace’s homecoming weekend, when the 20-year-old Henry was a key player on the football team. The game was being played against his high school best friend, Brandon Cox, and his hometown’s college, Stonehill.

Following the game the families, who had come to town from Easton to cheer on their sons, all went out to dinner together, Pace University President Marvin Krislov described in a letter sent to students, staff and faculty on Friday.

After dinner, Henry and his friend joined Pace students at Finnegan’s Grill, a popular Thornwood nightspot for college students. While leaving the bar after a fight broke out on Oct. 17, 2010, Henry was shot and killed by Pleasantville police officer Aaron Hess.

“It has never been entirely clear what happened outside the bar later that evening. But by the time the night was over, DJ — who was Black — was lying in handcuffs on the sidewalk, dead,” Krislov said.

Henry was driving away from a fire zone outside of Finnegan’s Grill when Hess stepped in front to stop him and raised his gun. Hess landed on the hood of Henry’s car and fired into the windshield, killing Henry and wounding a passenger, officials said. No criminal charges were filed against Hess, who is white.

Social Justice Week will be an annual event, scheduled each year around Henry’s birthday. On Oct. 29, what would have been Henry’s 31st birthday, the Black Student Union in Pleasantville is hosting a rally celebrating his life and bringing attention to social justice issues at Finnerty Field on Pace’s Mount Pleasant campus.

The university has already dedicated the clock tower in front of the Goldstein Fitness Center on campus to Henry, where it has held memorial services for him in the past.

Additionally, on Saturday the Pleasantville Student Government Association will lead a walk from Finnerty Field to the clock tower, where a candlelight vigil will be held in Henry’s memory, Krislov said.

Pace’s football team has also decided to retire Henry’s jersey, No. 12, to honor his life.

Read the full Examiner article.