Jun. 19, 2021 — Juneteenth Freedom Summit: New Birth of American Freedom
The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin held the inaugural Juneteenth Freedom Summit on June 19, 2021. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, when, on June 19, 1865, over two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued, federal troops informed enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas, of their freedom. This online event moderated by Dr. Peniel Joseph, the CSRD’s Founding Director, is a celebration of Juneteenth as a New Birth of American Freedom whose architects included formerly enslaved Black women and men who helped to remake conceptions of race, democracy, and citizenship. Leading voices explored why Juneteenth matters now, in this season of national political awakening around racial justice and equity, more than ever. The event featured a keynote lecture by Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed on the meaning of Juneteenth and lightning round discussions on wealth, education, and housing equity with distinguished local leaders.
Jan. 25, 2021 — The Path to Racial Equity: How Did We Get Here?
What is the historical context for the issues of race our country currently faces? What is at the root of the racial injustice that contradicts our nation’s ideals and continues to hold us back from our promise? Dr. Peniel Joseph, Professor of Public Affairs and Founder of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, LBJ School of Public Affairs chats with Leslie Wingo, President & CEO of Sanders\Wingo in the LBJ Library's limited series.
Jan. 18, 2021 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day discussion of The Sword and the Shield with Dr. Peniel Joseph
The LBJ School, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD), the LBJ Foundation, BookPeople and Huston-Tillotson University presented a special program to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Peniel Joseph, LBJ School professor and CSRD director, discussed his critically acclaimed book, The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. with Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, President and CEO of Huston-Tillotson University, on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Named a TIME 100 must-read book of 2020, one of Financial Times's Best Books of 2020: Politics, a TLS Book of the Year and among the PEN America Awards Longlists, this dual biography of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King upends longstanding preconceptions to transform our understanding of the 20th century's most iconic leaders.
Nov. 19, 2020 — Tressie McMillan Cottom: How Black Women are Shaping the Future of American Democracy
The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy proudly features Tressie McMillan Cottom in the William C. Powers, Jr. Speaker Series. Dr. Cottom is the New York Times bestselling author of Thick. And Other Essays (National Book Award Finalist), co-host of the podcast "Hear to Slay" with Roxanne Gay, a 2020 MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipient, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science, a senior faculty researcher with the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life, and a faculty affiliate at Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.
Oct. 22, 2020 — The Power of the Vote: Election 2020 and Racial Equity with Ambassador Ron Kirk
Dr. Peniel Joseph discusses the significance of active citizenship at a time of racial reckoning with Ambassador Ron Kirk, Senior Of Counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Dallas and Washington, DC offices and former Dallas mayor who served as the United States Trade Representative in President Barack Obama's Cabinet.
Oct. 1, 2020 — Pursuing Racial Justice Amid Gentrification in Austin with Dr. Eric Tang
Dr. Peniel Joseph discusses gentrification-driven displacements of Austin's longstanding African American residents with University of Texas at Austin Professor Dr. Eric Tang.
Aug. 27, 2020 — Reimagining Public Safety: Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racism
CSRD Director Dr. Peniel Joseph discusses the future of public safety with Kellee Coleman, business process consultant for the City of Austin's Equity Office, Sukyi McMahon, strategic director and board chair of the Austin Justice Coalition, and Chris Harris, director of Texas Appleseed's Criminal Justice Project.
July 29, 2020 — Dean Pedro Noguera on The Search for Racial Justice in Education: Uprooting Structural Racism
Author, activist and sociologist Dr. Pedro Noguera, dean of the USC Rossier School of Education, joins the CSRD for the first virtual presentation of the William C. Powers, Jr. Speaker Series. Honoring the memory of former UT President William C. Powers, Jr., this speaker series invites thought leaders to present research in American politics and public policy in reflection of his commitment to diversity and inclusion.
June 25, 2020 — Building the Beloved Community: Allyship During Racial Crisis
Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and Barbara Jordan Chair of Ethics and Political Values, and panelists Lawton Cummings and Kelli Mason, partners at Notley, an Austin-based nonprofit social impact firm, discuss meaningful paths to allyship and fostering an inclusive and equitable society for all.
June 3, 2020 — Justice and Equity in Austin in a Time of National Crisis: A Community Conversation
CSRD Founding Director Dr. Peniel Joseph and Dr. Jeremi Suri, LBJ Professor Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs, moderated a virtual public forum with Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Austin Council Member Alison Alter, and Austin Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison.
March 3, 2020 — Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy hosted Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., one of the nation's leading scholars on African American history and literature, as the third keynote presenter in the William C. Powers, Jr. Speaker Series. Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. An Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic and institution builder, he has authored or co-authored 21 books and created 15 documentary films, including "African American Lives," as well as his groundbreaking genealogy series "Finding Your Roots."
Feb. 26, 2020 — Sherrilyn Ifill
The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy hosted Sherrilyn Ifill, one of the nation's leading scholars on civil rights law and litigation, as the second keynote presenter in the William C. Powers, Jr. Speaker Series. Ifill is the president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), the nation's premier civil rights law organization fighting for racial justice and equality.
Jan. 30, 2020 — Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad
The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy hosted Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad as the inaugural presenter in the William C. Powers, Jr. Speaker Series. Dr. Muhammad, one of the nation's leading scholars on race, democracy, inequality, and criminal justice spoke on "The Descent of Democracy and the Promise of African American History." A few photos from the event: