Reckoning with the Truth of Law and Civil Rights


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

On Wednesday, April 6, join the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project in the JFK Jr. Forum for a discussion featuring Janai Nelson, president and director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF). 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 will moderate. The discussion will reflect on Nelson’s tenure at the NAACP LDF and new role as president and director-counsel, as well as her insights from the realities of the legal field: how have legal strategies to achieve racial justice changed in recent decades? How does the law uphold systemic racism? What can be done about it?

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