Race and the Presidential Campaign


Associated Program:
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
Artur Davis
Ron Christie
Callie Crossley
April Ryan
HKS Black Policy Conference

Panelists explored the topic “Race and the Presidential Campaign” in this conversation with The Honorable Artur Davis, Resident Fellow, Institute of Politics; US House of Representatives (2003-11); Ron Christie, President, Christie Strategies; Resident Fellow, Institute of Politics (2011); Callie Crossley, Host/Executive Editor, The Callie Crossley Show, WGBH Radio 89.7; April Ryan, White House Correspondent & Host, The White House Report, American Urban Radio Networks; and Farai Chideya (moderator), Resident Fellow, Institute of Politics. The discussion focused on the role of race in current political dynamics, whether in terms of the challenges that President Obama has faced or with regard to the controversy surrounding the Trayvon Martin case. Questions asked by the audience addressed topics ranging from voter ID laws to aspects of the panelists’ personal experiences in politics and journalism. This event was co-sponsored by the Black Policy Conference, with a welcome from Kennedy School student Gabrielle Wyatt.