“If we …. do not falter in our duty now, we may be able, handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world.” - James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (1963)
These prophetic words from James Baldwin speak to the moral crisis in the United States and to the urgent need to respond with courageous action. The multiple pandemics of our era: COVID-19, abusive policing, and voter suppression permeate America’s soul. This moment requires us to gather our collective voices and organize as a diverse coalition of social justice collaborators.
The William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice asks our kindred organizations to send your most engaged citizen-activists and proximate leaders to participate in the inaugural spring convening, “Achieving Our Country: An Academy of Citizen Activism.” This is a rigorous two-day convening for activists, advocates, academics, and artists to discuss the cutting-edge strategies to further democracy, criminal legal system transformation, and healthcare equity. Please share this opportunity widely with your networks. Registration is limited.
Among the speakers and teachers for the Academy of Citizen Activism are: Harvard Professor Sandra Susan Smith, United Shades of America W, Kamau Bell, CNN correspondent Karen Finney, voting rights activist LaTosha Brown, award winning director and producer Reginald Hudlin, voting rights activist Nsé Ufot, Meharry Medical College President Dr. James Hildreth, Navajo Nation activist Allie Young; and many more distinguished members of the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School faculty.
This event is open to HKS students, faculty, and staff. The session will be recorded, and may be posted to YouTube and/or CPL's social media channels. Attendees must register for this event using the registration link above. Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodation or who have questions about access, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the session.