A virtual event sponsored by the GMU Center for Humanities Research, this discussion will celebrate the life and work of Mason’s preeminent public historian and former director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Spencer Crew. Dr. Crew and NAACP President Derrick Johnson will dialogue about the lessons we might learn from America’s racial past while offering strategies for restorative justice in an era of racial hostilities.
The exchange will focus on four key concerns.
How did slavery help set into motion America’s long narrative of racial inequality and injustice?
How do the legacies of slavery persist through our current circumstances in many quarters of American society?
How might coming to terms with a tragic past help generate concrete policies and initiatives for a more racially just society?
What can we do to “repair” the damage done by one of America’s early regimes of violent racist subjugation?
Please join us for what promises to be a robust and fruitful exchange between two pioneers in the struggle for racial justice.