Open Book/Open Mind Series 2016: Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Acknowledging Racism to Achieve Justice

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad in Conversation with David Troutt

In a recent NPR interview, Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad said, “Racism is built into our criminal justice system.  If we don’t come to terms with that, we’re going to have a hard time getting past the past.”  In the wake of shootings of unarmed African Americans in multiple cities, two experts in black history and civil rights come together to discuss how acknowledgment of the history behind bias can help people change behavior, and effect change. For five years, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ph.D, has been Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a Harlem-based research division of the New York Public Library, and he has just been appointed as Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard as Professor of history, race and public policy at the Kennedy School.The New York Review of Books called his book, The Condemnation of Blackness, “a brilliant work that tells us how directly the past has formed us.” He discusses his ideas with David Troutt, founder and director of Rutgers Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity, and the acclaimed author of The Price of Paradise.


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