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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
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Event Date(s):Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 8:00am - 5:00pm
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave NWWashington, DC 20016
Race and Civil Rights in 2013
A Critical Analysis of 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities
On June 6, 2013, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund hosted the conference “Race and Civil Rights in 2013: A Critical Analysis of 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities” at American University’s Washington College of Law. The conference served as a public conversation between LDF and the nation’s leading civil rights and racial justice advocates, and focused on innovative solutions to ensure equality and opportunity for people of color in contemporary American life. Throughout the day, a diverse collection of practitioners, organizers, scholars and attendees offered strategic and innovative insight on topics such as criminal justice, public safety, implicit racial bias, education, and economic opportunity. Private, small group breakout sessions were also held during the conference to foster strategic dialogue among attendees and panelists. Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, served as the keynote speaker for Race and Civil Rights in 2013.
A pre-conference reception held at the Washington College of Law featured a public discussion between LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz about racial justice, civil rights and cases from the 2012-2013 United States Supreme Court term, including Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder and Fisher v. University of Texas.
Race and Civil Rights in 2013 was the first of a two-part conference series designed to engage the civil rights and racial justice community in meaningful dialogue around the issues central to LDF’s work. The second conference in the series will be hosted by the University of North Carolina School of Law’s Center for Civil Rights on September 13, 2013.