Panel discussion
Judith Browne Dianis, founder of the Advancement Project
Peter Edelman, Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center
The Rev. Dr. Edna Canty Jenkins, Embry Center for Family Life
Stephen B. Thomas, Director of the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity
The Rev. Dr. Christine Wiley, Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ
Kojo Nnamdi, moderator
Introduced by UMD student Ben Simon

The Enlightenment era gave rise to the United States of America and promised great opportunity. The emergence of public libraries and schools, transportation departments, the democratization of elections and the GI Bill guided millions into an upward mobility that seemed without limit. But opportunities have never been universal and African Americans have long been at the end of the line, even as other minority groups have gained access to them faster. Voting rights, education, health, housing and libraries have always been unevenly distributed. Join our speakers in the conversation of why racial inequities are on the rise again and what we can do to address this reality.

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