The Present and Future of Civil Rights Movements: Race and Reform in 21st Century America

Conference poster, with collage of images from the Civil Rights movement

The Present and Future of Civil Rights Movements: Race and Reform in 21st Century America

Poster for the Civil Rights conference, hosted by the Duke Center on Law, Race and PoliticsWatch | The Present and Future of Civil Rights Movements: Race and Reform in 21st Century America
Scholars, teachers, practitioners, and activists discuss their unique perspectives on inequalities throughout different facets of modern America.

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In 2014, the nation marked the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Freedom Summer.  In 2015, we recognized the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  As we move forward in the 21st century, however, America finds itself at the beginning of a new era defined by its own set of civil rights struggles. The battles of 2015 are in some ways markedly different from those of the 1950s and 1960s, as “whites only” signs and overt displays of societally condoned racism are mostly relegated to history.  However, what remains is a country full of disparately impacted populations, with people of color facing disadvantages at home, at work, at school, and in the justice system, all in the context of a society that prides itself on its imagined march towards post-racial colorblindness.

A shifting landscape, however, simply means that the civil rights movements of the 21st century must also shift in line with modern realities. “The Present and Future of Civil Rights Movements: Race and Reform in 21st Century America” presents an opportunity for scholars, teachers, practitioners, and activists to engage with each other as they discuss their unique perspectives on inequalities throughout different facets of modern America.  In exploring today’s civil rights struggles, including the disproportionate imprisonment of populations of color, decreased access to housing, and persistent roadblocks to basic civic freedoms such as voting, this conference will provide an opportunity for those who recognize the persistent impact of systematic racism to reflect on the past and present in order to better inform the future.

Keynote Speaker

KimberlĂ© W. CrenshawKimberlé W. Crenshaw is an American scholar in the field of Critical race theory, and a professor at UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School where she specializes in race and gender issues.

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Conference Details

For information about discounted area accommodations, please contact Stephanie Lowd: Stephanie.Lowd@law.duke.edu

Parking

On Friday, November 20th and Saturday, November 21st, there will be limited, free all-day parking for the conference reserved in the Science Drive Visitor lot across the street on Science Drive, between NC 751 and Whitford Drive (directly across from the Fuqua School of Business). Additional parking both days will be available in Parking Garage 4. Additional parking information and rates may be found here.

 

Questions?

For information regarding registration, logistics and travel, please contact Stephanie Lowd at Stephanie.Lowd@law.duke.edu