Healing our Divided Society: Investing in America Fifty Years After the Kerner Commission

We invite you to attend a public forum at the Union Theological Seminary (3041 Broadway, New York, NY 10027) on Friday, April 20th at 5:00 PM, to commemorate the Kerner Commission and hear esteemed panelists discuss how a report published fifty years ago shook the country and has remained relevant to this day.
In 1968, the Kerner Commission, formed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, published a report, popularly known as the Kerner Report. It famously declared that “Our Nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.” And it also called for the increased aid to Black communities across the US to address the racial and economic disparities that continue to disenfranchise those communities, what the report described as a “continuing polarization of the American community and, ultimately, the destruction of basic democratic values.”
This year signals the 50th anniversary of the report's publication and its continued relevance to call attention to the very conditions of inequality today—such as an endemic widening income gap, police violence, poverty, education disparity, housing, and more.
Panelists will discuss current research on racial inequality in the domains of health, wages, and policing, followed by the launch of Healing our Divided Society: Investing in America Fifty Years After the Kerner Commission, a Kerner Report update published by The Eisenhower Foundation which will act as jumping off-point for a larger discourse on racial inequality.
Confirmed featured speakers include:
  • Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate
  • Ras Baraka, Mayor of Newark
  • Phillip Goff, President of the Center for Policing Equity
  • Shawn Dove, CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement
  • Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer-prize winning author
Light refreshments will be served, and the event’s flyer is linked here.
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Friday, April 20th 5:00-7:00 PM
Union Theological Seminary’s
Social Hall
We hope to see you there!
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