Summit for Civil Rights 2019

May 2-3, 2019

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 there on 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 American Civil Rights MovementCentral to this goal is the belief that we cannot ignore the deep and persistent levels of racial discrimination and segregation in housing, law, finance, 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, the United Auto Workers Union and the American Postal Workers Union. The program will include presentations and workshops on: The Power of Multiracial Electoral Politics The Social and Human Costs of Racial Segregation • Campaigns that Demonstrate the Power of Civil Rights Today  and Building 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. Special guest speaker, award-winning Ella Baker Biographer, Barbara Ransby, along with Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee and Bonnie Watson Coleman will help us pay tribute to and recognize the power of civil rights women of yesterday, today and tomorrow


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