The Crisis of Racial Justice in a Faltering Democracy


Associated Program:
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
Maya Wiley
Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project

On September 29, 2022, join the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project in the JFK Jr. Forum for a discussion featuring Maya Wiley, president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and former counsel to the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio. The conversation will be moderated by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project and Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. We will hear from President Wiley about her vision for leading the nation through a national backlash against racial justice and unprecedented threats to American democracy.

Please click here to RSVP for an in-person seat.

This collaborative series between IARA and the IOP will build upon themes from IARA's 2022 Truth and Transformation convening, examining how reparative practices, truth commissions, and institutional reckoning with structural oppression provide ways forward for equitable change. What can be learned from national and international examples? How are leading racial justice experts addressing the current climate of attacks on justice, equity, and democracy?

Please register by 12:00 PM ET on Thursday, September 29, if you would like the possibility of attending this event in person. Registrants will be notified by 5:00 PM ET that day if a seat is available for them in the venue.

If a seat is unavailable or you will not be attending in person, registrants can stream the event live via our YouTubeTwitter, or Facebook pages. You do not need to register for virtual attendance.

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