Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 7:00 pm
Jelani Cobb will discuss his recently published The Essential Kerner Commission Report. Cobb is a staff writer for the New Yorker and Professor of Journalism at the Columbia School of Journalism. He is a leading public intellectual on racial topics and public affairs.
The Kerner Commission Report: the 1968 Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders was commissioned by President Lyndon Johnson and published to acclaim in 1968. It reported on the attitudes of Black and White Americans about the racial violence of the Civil Rights era, looked at policing practices, the causes of violence, the problem of law enforcement, and the tangle of issues in Black/White relationships that had deep roots from the time of slavery.
It became one of the most widely read government studies in history. A month after its publication Martin Luther King was assassinated and violence erupted in more than 100 cities across the nation, which only added urgency to the subject of the report. The Report asked:
Jelani Cobb joined the Journalism School faculty in 2016. He has contributed to The New Yorker since 2012, and became a staff writer in 2015. He is the recipient of the 2015 Sidney Hillman Award for Opinion and Analysis writing and writes frequently about race, politics, history and culture.
He was most recently an Associate Professor of History and Director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut where he specialized in post-Civil War African American history, 20th century American politics and the history of the Cold War. Dr. Cobb is also a recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright and Ford Foundations.
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