With the election of the nation’s first African American president in 2008 the ultimate racial glass ceiling was broken, many argued. At the same time, the country witnessed the largest upsurge in Black protest in a half century in the form of the Black Lives Matter movement. At the same time the demographics of the United States are rapidly moving toward a reality where the majority of the country will be populated by people of color. All of these shifts have created new racial politics, regimes, and demands. A growing body of engaged scholarship and research has emerged in an effort to make sense of the changes, create analytical frameworks to explain new developments and translate those research findings to a popular audience. Philanthropists, policymakers, and community organizers would benefit from and could contribute to this ongoing research if new bridges of dialogue and collaboration are created between these sectors. Funders make the best decisions in grantmaking with the most up to date data and scholarship, and scholars can do more socially relevant research if they are in fluid dialogue with activists and policymakers attempting to utilize that research.
Featuring panelists from Dream Defenders, Southerners on the Ground (SONG), Blackbird, GenForward, INCITE: Women of Color Against Violence, and more, the gathering seeks to ponder how we might navigate this political moment.