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A Statement by the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice on Derek Chauvin’s Prison Sentence for the Murder of George Floyd
There are three words to keep in mind as to Derek Chauvin’s prison sentence: severity, rarity, and legitimacy. Americans will judge this sentence, based on both the severity
William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice Statement on the Guilty Verdicts in the Trial of Derek Chauvin for the Murder of George Floyd
The verdicts in the historic trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd – guilty of second- and third-degree
David Wark Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation “was sold as a sensation and became one.” It was the first American blockbuster. It was the first film screened at the White House. President Woodrow Wilson said it was “like writing history with lightning.” It struck, then the crosses began to
NEARLY 6 MILLION AMERICANS WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS including incarceration are denied the opportunity to vote. Not only are these citizens legally prevented from voting, but the right to vote and democracy itself are incarcerated—behind bars of racially motivated, antebellum, and morally antiquated laws that affect voters across race, class, and
A Statement by Cornell William Brooks, Director of the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice, on the Observance of Juneteenth
On the 156th observance of Juneteenth, the community of the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice remembers the resilience of formerly enslaved Africans, the
One year ago today George Floyd was murdered by Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, after being arrested on suspicion of using counterfeit money
John Robert Lewis. Cordy Tindell Vivian. Two elders in the struggle for freedom and liberation have transitioned to the ancestral realm. From the ends of the earth, to the hearts of cities across our nation, from the mouths of liberals and conservatives, cries of anguish are heard across the country.
From the Harvard Kennedy School PolicyCast Hosted byThoko Moyo Produced byRalph RanalliSusan Hughes First there was the shock of realizing that the COVID-19 pandemic would be widespread and lengthy. Now issues of race, equity, and the coronavirus are quickly coming to the fore, as data pours in showing how the
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The crowds protesting California’s stay-at-home orders aimed at stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus have a litany of grievances: Open the beaches. Free the churches. End the tyranny of a governor who has gone too far.
Senior Fellow and Staff Director of the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School, Devon Crawford, and longtime friend of Humanity in Action, Reverend Cornell Brooks, helped launched The Avant Guardian podcast series to honor William Monroe Trotter’s struggle for racial equity.
For centuries, the story of democracy in the United States has been about an expanding definition of citizenship and what an American looks like. Brooks encourages us to remember the art of conversation in an increasingly digital world and promotes removing obstacles to voting, even making voting a requirement.