Racial Justice in America: Reflections on the Past, Present and Future

Tuesday March 2, 2021, 7:30 pm, free online event

In the last year, people across the United States have been taking to the streets to protest racism and police brutality. In this Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations event, we examine how structural racism has fueled inequity and reflect on our nation’s long legacy of racial injustice. We will explore how America's current engagement in fighting racial oppression differs from movements in the past and look ahead to the future and the hope for meaningful change. This discussion is in collaboration with WGBH.

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Kat Stafford
National Investigative Writer at The Associated Press

Kat Stafford is a national investigative writer, focused on race and inequity at The Associated Press. Stafford is a Board of Director for the Investigative Reporters and Editors. An award-winning journalist and Detroit native, Stafford was previously an investigative reporter at the Detroit Free Press and has received several awards for her work.


Dr. Keisha N. Blain
President of the African American Intellectual History Society

Dr. Keisha N. Blain is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh and the president of the African American Intellectual History Society. She is a current fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. She also serves as an editor for the Washington Post’s ‘Made by History’ section. Her latest books are Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, edited with Ibram X. Kendi (Penguin Random House/One World, February 2, 2021); and Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America (Beacon Press, October 5, 2021).

Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School

Khalil Gibran Muhammad is professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. He is the former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library and the world’s leading library and archive of global black history. Khalil’s scholarship examines the broad intersections of race, democracy, inequality and criminal justice in modern U.S. history.

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The series is named in honor of Jonathan Samen (z”l), past chair of the JCC Greater Boston Governing Board, to recognize his legacy of leadership. View donors.

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