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Friday, April 26 • 2:05pm - 3:30pm
FR2.05.03 The Kerner Commission Fifty Years Later: What Works And New Will

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Composed mostly of white, establishment men, the 1968 Kerner Commission nonetheless concluded that the nation was headed toward "two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal." In its 2018 Fifty Year Update of the Kerner Commission, the Eisenhower Foundation concluded that the nation has made relatively little progress in reducing poverty, inequality and racial injustice. In some ways, things have gotten worse. This colloquy session examines trends over the last fifty years and summarizes the conclusions of the Kerner Fiftieth, Healing Our Divided Society. Evidence is examined on economic, education, criminal justice, housing, neighborhood development and place based policy that works -- and that does not work. There is sufficient evidence to scale up what works to significantly reduce poverty, inequality and racial injustice. Yet the Kerner Commission warned this was not possible without "new will" among the American people. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were seeking an interracial coalition for economic justice for the poor, the working class and the middle class when they were assassinated in 1968, shortly after the Kerner Commission released its original report. As a result, the achievement of "new will" has remained elusive. The most pressing consequent need today is to link evidence based policy, communication of what works, advocacy, nonprofit management, new leadership and good government.

Moderator: Alan Curtis, Eisenhower Foundation

A Summary Of The Kerner Commission Update Fifty Years Later
Alan Curtis, Eisenhower Foundation

The Kerner Commission, Housing And Development Policy Fifty Years Later
Gregory Squires, George Washington University

The Kerner Commission, Education Policy And School Integration Fifty Years Later
Gary Orfield, University of California, Los Angeles

The Kerner Commission And Latinos
Patricia Gandara, University of California, Los Angeles

Moving Toward Integration
Richard Sander, University of California, Los Angeles

Friday April 26, 2019 2:05pm - 3:30pm PDT
Legacy A (2nd Floor)