2019 Summit for Civil Rights


May 2-3, 2019

Rutgers Labor Education Center Auditorium
New Brunswick, NJ

A project to rebuild, reinvigorate and reignite a powerful multi racial civil rights movement in America

On May 2-3, 2019, civil rights scholars, economists, leaders and advocates will gather with labor, civic, faith and political leadership in New Brunswick, NJ to forge a renewed agenda for Building One America. 

The Summit will begin at 1:00 PM on Thursday, May 2 and end at 4:00 PM on Friday, May 3 and be held at the Rutgers University Labor Education Center50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ.  A welcome reception with Congressman Jim Clyburn will be held Thursday evening, May 2 at 6 PM.

Building on our last Summit for Civil Rights at the University of Minnesota Law school, leaders will come together to present a program of social and racial justice and expanded middle class opportunity for all Americans.

Our goal is to build scholarly support and a political consensus around an ambitions agenda for progress in America - one that revisits and restores the priorities and values of the New Deal, the Great Society, and the Americans Civil Rights Movement. Central to this goal is the belief that we cannot ignore the deep and persistent levels of racial discrimination and segregation in housing, law, fiance, government, schools and work that lock in economic inequality and impede multiracial solidarity. 

This year's Summit for Civil Rights is being presented by The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, The Labor Education Action Research Network at Rutgers, The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) and Building One America, with support from the Ford Foundation and the United Auto Workers Union. The program will include presentations and workshops on: The Power of Multiracial Electoral Politics, The Social and Human Costs of Racial SegregationCampaigns that Demonstrate the Power of Civil Rights Today and the Building of a Civil Rights Progressive Agenda.

It will also include a special event:  A reception and tribute to Congressman James E. Clyburn, the third highest-ranked leader in United States House of Representatives. With special guest speaker Ella Baker Biographer, Barbara Ransby along with Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee and Bonnie Watson Coleman to help us pay tribute to and recognize the power of civil rights women of yesterday today and tomorrow. 

 Other speakers include Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison • Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman • Congressman Frank Pallone • John H. Bracey, Jr., University of Massachusetts, Amherst • John C. Brittain, UDC School of Law • Rev. Cornell William Brooks, Harvard Kennedy School • Clayola Brown, A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), AFL-CIO • Sheryll Cashin, Georgetown Law Center • NJ Freeholder Ashley Bennett • Tamara Elaine Chrisler, The Leadership Conference on

Civil and Human Rights • Senator Nia H. Gill, New Jersey State Senate • Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP • Rucker Johnson, Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley • Doug Massey, Princeton University • Rev. Terrence Melvin, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) • Khalil Muhammad,Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School • Myron Orfield, Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity University of Minnesota Law School • Petee Talley, former Secretary-Treasurer, Ohio AFL-CIO • NEA Vice President Becky Pringle • Bishop Dennis V. Proctor, Northeastern Episcopal District, AME Zion Church • Diane Ravitch, New York University • Lisa Rice, National Fair Housing Alliance • Theodore M. Shaw, University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill • William E. Spriggs, Howard University and Chief Economist, AFL-CIO • Robin Williams, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.






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