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Higher Ed/Higher Ground: Shaun King

September 24th, 2018 - September 24, 2018
5:15 - 7:00 pm

Higher Ed/Higher Ground: Shaun King

Civil Rights Today: The New Civil Rights Movement

September 24
5:15 p.m.
Scanlon Banquet Hall

Shaun King
Shaun King

Higher Ed/Higher Ground is honored to host journalist, humanitarian, and activist Shaun King, a columnist for The Intercept and the Writer-In-Residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project.

As King notes, the deadliest hate crime against African Americans in our lifetimes didn’t happen in 1955 or 1965, but in Charleston in 2015. More unarmed African Americans were shot and killed by American police in 2015 than in any year of lynching since 1922. Ten times more African Americans are currently incarcerated today than they were in 1955. In this free-flowing, information-packed, multi-media presentation, King illuminates how this generation must come to grips with its own unique challenges. Instead of wondering who we’d be and what we’d do if we were alive in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, King asks us to see our present place in the modern movement for a more fair and just world. Racism, discrimination, and harmful policies won’t get better on their own; for that reason, King proposes real and applicable solutions to the most pressing problems of the day.


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