Co-Director, Public Housing; Senior Staff Counsel, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest
Director, Center for Urban Research and Urban Education at Rutgers University
International Vice President of the United Steel Workers Union and chairman of the board of directors of the A. Philip Randolph Institute
Rev. Terrence Melvin
President, International Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU)
Theodore M. Shaw
Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill
Professor at Columbia Law School
Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Director, Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity University of Minnesota Law School
Founding President, Building One America
Hennepin County Commissioner
William E. Spriggs
Chief Economist, AFL-CIO
Executive Director, Poverty & Race Research Action Council
The Summit for Civil Rights
November 9–10, 2017
At the University of Minnesota Law School, Mondale Hall
Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice|The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity
With generous support from The Kresge Foundation
Please join Vice President Walter Mondale, Congressman Keith Ellison and other leaders from civil rights, labor, faith, and elected office for a conference about building a movement to end racial segregation in the United States.
The Summit for Civil Rights will be held at the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 9 and 10, 2017. The Summit will take the first steps of transforming the historic coalition for civil rights into a new, modern political alliance.
The Civil Rights Movement of Dr. King, Thurgood Marshall, and A. Philip Randolph succeeded in transforming America by defeating Jim Crow and moving us all closer to a fully inclusive society. Sadly, recent decades have seen a harsh backlash to that progress and a retreat from that ideal, as segregation has intensified and economic inequality has risen dramatically across the Nation.
The Summit for Civil Rights strives to reignite forward progress. Cities, workforces, and faith organizations contain untapped and overlooked sources of political power—power that can propel, once again, a national political movement for a racially integrated and united country with sustained prosperity for all.
The Summit will be held one year to the day of a presidential election fraught with anger and fear around both race and economic anxiety. We believe now is the time for us to reexamine our approach to these deep-rooted and intersecting themes in the American story and challenge some of today's narratives about class, race, and place that have too often divided us.
At the Summit, attendees will learn from the triumphs and failures of the past, examine the changed political and social landscape of today, and restore the multi-racial coalition for integration.
The Summit will feature top civil rights lawyers, scholars, and political leaders, but our goal is to reconnect these legal advocates with grassroots power to build a winning coalition. This includes the historic civil rights organizations, the faith community, the labor movement, and representatives from diverse working-class communities.
Mark your calendar and plan to attend and participate in this important conversation about the future of America.
Together, we hope to learn from the past, examine the complicated political landscape of today, and agree on an action plan to reignite the movement for economic and racial justice in America.
The Summit for Civil Rights will be held Thursday and Friday, November 9 from 1:00 PM to November 10 at 5:00 PM at Walter Mondale Hall - 229 South 19th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Welcome Reception and Tribute to Vice President Mondale will take place Thursday evening, November 9 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown where there is also lodging available.
If you have any questions about the program registration or discounts for partners and affiliated groups please email us at Summit for Civil Rights.