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The Long Game: Why the 1957 Civil Rights Act Still Matters Today
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9/13/2017
When: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
5 to 8 pm
Where: UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Moot Court Room
4340 Connecticut Ave., NW
Moot Court Room - 518
Washington, District of Columbia  20008
United States
Contact: Joe Libertelli

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UDC David A. Clarke School of Law and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
present

The Long Game:
Why the 1957 Civil Rights Act Still Matters Today

(Moved FROM the UDC Auditorium to the School of Law Moot Court Room - 4340 CT Ave., NW)

 

UDC David A. Clarke School of Law and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights will proudly co-sponsor an afternoon panel discussion on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, which established the Civil Rights Division (CRD) of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S Commission on Civil Rights.

This program will:

  • Discuss the important role civil rights agencies like the Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights have played – and should continue to play - in advancing and protecting civil and human rights;
  • Highlight the challenges to federal enforcement of civil rights laws in a Trump administration; and
  • Discuss what is at stake with the nomination of Eric Dreiband to head the USDOJ Civil Rights Division.

The program will also touch on a key event of the Civil Rights Movement in which nine black students enrolled at formerly all-white Central High School in Little Rock, AR in September '57, testing the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, which declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional.

The afternoon event, which will last run approximately two and a half hours, will have three parts, and will be followed by modest evening reception.

Schedule

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Katherine S. Broderick, Dean, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
 

Session One: The Civil Rights Act of 1957

A brief conversation between Wade Henderson and historian Mary Frances Berry discussing the circumstances which led to the passage of the first civil rights act since 1875, including the role of the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement and President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Shelley Broderick,Wade Henderson, Mary Frances Berry
(Above, Shelley Broderick, Wade Henderson, Mary Frances Berry)

 

Session Two: The State of Federal Civil Rights Enforcement

  • Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference
  • Catherine Lhamon, Chair, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • Gustavo Velasquez, Director, Washington-Area Research Initiative, Urban Institute
  • Moderated by Karen Narasaki, Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Vanita Gupta, Catherine Llamon, Gustavo Velasquez and Karen Narasaki
(Above, Vanita Gupta, Catherine Lhamon, Gustavo Velasquez and Karen Narasaki)

 

Session Three: The Next Frontier of Civil Rights

  • Rashad Robinson, Executive Director, Color of Change
  • Sharon McGowan, Lambda Legal
  • Eve Hill, Partner, Brown Goldstein & Levy and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, USDOJ
  • Moderated by Ashley Allison, The Leadership Conference

Rashad Robinson, Sharon McGowan, Eve Hill and Ashley Allison
(Above, Rashad Robinson, Sharon McGowan, Eve Hill and Ashley Allison)

 

Closing Remarks

  • Wade Henderson, UDC David A. Clarke Joseph L. Rauh Jr. Professor of Public Interest Law and Senior Advisor to The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
 

Reception

5th Floor Lobby, 4340 CT. Ave., NW

This event is open to the public and free of charge.

 

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