A Blueprint for Racial Justice - Tanner Lectures on Human Values

  • Nov 14, 2024, 4:30 pm6:30 pm
  • Nov 15, 2024, 4:30 pm6:30 pm



Event Description

Free and Open to the Public

ABSTRACT: In 1909, people who were disturbed by the racial situation gathered together and created the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People which was born with a statement of purpose:

Our mission is to achieve equity, political rights, and social inclusion by advancing policies and practices that expand human and civil rights, eliminate discrimination, and accelerate the well-being, education, and economic security of Black people and all persons of color.

What would be a suitable statement of purpose, a suitable agenda, and a suitable strategy for those now seeking to effectuate racial justice in America? Answering those questions is Professor Kennedy's mission for the lectures.


Randall L. Kennedy, is Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School where he teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and the regulation of race relations. He was born in Columbia, South Carolina. For his education, he attended St. Albans School, Princeton University, Oxford University, and Yale Law School. He served as a law clerk for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and the Supreme Court of the United States. Awarded the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for “Race, Crime, and the Law,” Mr. Kennedy writes for a wide range of scholarly and general interest publications. His other books are “For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law”(2013), “The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency” (2011),  “Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal” (2008), “Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption”(2003), and “Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word” (2002). A member of the American Law Institute, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, Mr. Kennedy is also a Trustee emeritus of Princeton University.


Elizabeth Hinton, Professor of History, African American Studies & Law, Yale University

Richard Rothstein, Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a Senior Fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University

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  • Hosted by the University Center for Human Values
  • Co-sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions