Forty-four years after the recognition of Black History Month, Black Americans still experience systemic racism, injustice, and stereotyping. Understanding the foundations of systemic racism and implicit bias and acknowledging their effects on Black Americans and communities of color is the first step toward change.

During Black History Month, join The Hill for a series of conversations with government, civil rights and social justice leaders to understand race and racism, the conditions that perpetuate inequality, and why this moment could serve as a catalyst to help us unite and build a better nation.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Session One: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM ET

Session Two: 1:30-2:30 PM ET


Lonnie Bunch III, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution; former Founding Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture Melvin Carter, Mayor, St. Paul, MN D’Atra Jackson, Executive Director, Black Youth Project 100 Ella Jones, Mayor, Ferguson, MO Van Jones, CNN Host; Founder, Dream Corps Judy Lubin, PhD, MPH, Founder & President, Center for Urban and Racial Equity (CURE) Marc Morial, President & CEO, Urban League Steven Reed, Mayor, Montgomery, AL Dr. Akil Ross, Education Consultant, HeartEd; former National High School Principal of the Year, 2018 Esmerelda Simmons, Founder, Center for Law and Social Justice, Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn; Former First Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights for New York State, Civil Rights Attorney, US Department of Education Lateefah Simon, President, Akonadi Foundation; 2003 MacArthur Genius Grant Michael Smith, Director, Youth Opportunity Programs & Executive Director, My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance, The Obama Foundation

Additional speakers to be announced.


Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Hill Marty Johnson, Politics Reporter, The Hill


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