This year marks the 50th year anniversary of the publication of the Kerner Report, a landmark document famous for declaring “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one white, one black, separate and unequal.”
The 50th Anniversary of the Kerner Report presents an opportunity to call attention to the issues that the Kerner Commission dealt with – such as inequality of income, racism and ethnic discrimination, education, public safety and the police, sentencing and the prison-industrial complex. Indeed, these issues seem more relevant now than ever.
On Friday, April 20th at 5:00 pm, Columbia University invites you to attend a public forum to commemorate the Kerner Commission. This event follows the launch of Healing our Divided Society: Investing in America Fifty Years After the Kerner Commission, a Fiftieth Anniversary Kerner Report Update published by the Eisenhower Foundation which will act as jumping-off-point for a larger discourse on racial inequality.
This event is sponsored by the Institute for New Economic Thinking, The Eisenhower Foundation, The Roosevelt Institute, The American Assembly, and hosted by the Union Theological Seminary.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Mayor of Newark, Ras Baraka
- President of the Center for Policing Equity, Phillip Goff
- CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Shawn Dove
- Pulitzer-prize winning author Heather Ann Thompson
- and many more
Light refreshments will be served, and a full agenda will be posted once finalized.