Graphic for event on April 7-8, 2022, named Reimagining Our Radical Roots, honoring the 150th birthday anniversary of William Monroe Trotter.

April 7-8, 2022

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Reimagining our Radical Roots

Trotter Collaborative

Location: Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Event Type: Hybrid

Join us for a two-day convening to celebrate the bold life and continuing legacy of William Monroe Trotter- a Harvard University alumnus who advanced the cause of civil rights and social justice. The convening will to introduce attendees to Trotter’s legacy and provide an opportunity for academics, activists and artists to consider how Trotter’s radical activism can address critical issues facing us today, and offer opportunities to hear from distinguished professors and practitioners.

On Thursday, April 7th we will celebrate the 150th birth date of William Monroe Trotter at the JFK Jr. Forum with a keynote talk by Dr. Keisha N. Blain, followed by an intergenerational panel discussion with members of the Trotter family.

On Friday, April 8th morning panels will cover three broad topics—voting rights in the midst of immoral voter suppression, the global existential crisis of environmental degradation, and reparations for centuries of enslavement and legal punishment. The panels will be followed by a series of advocacy workshops in the afternoon focused on nonviolent direct action, using media for movements, fundraising for social justice campaigns, and how to draft legislation. The complete program is available here.

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Sponsored by the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice, with additional support from the Center for Public Leadership and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School.

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