Join us on Feb. 26 at noon to explore how public policy intersects with Black history in America. Professor Nichols will take us on a historical journey while highlighting how history and policy are intertwined. For example, after the Civil War, we witnessed how policies were implemented to disenfranchise citizens convicted of felonies, creating a barrier to the ballot box which largely remains in place to date. The New Deal of 1948 ushered in an era of racially restrictive covenants and redlining, housing policies that negatively impacted the ability for black people to own property, further impeding economic advancement and wealth accumulation. These among many others, will be the center of conversation, with a conclusion on how we can implement policies in the present that will create meaningful changes into the future.
About the Black Friday Webinar Series
Black Friday is a webinar series discussing the discounts Black people have been forced to take due to flawed public policy. The series will explore the disparate treatment and impact of public policy in the United States – both historically and to date – on racial outcomes in areas such as housing, education, healthcare, gender identity, criminal justice and wealth. Centuries of federal, state and local policies have cemented systemic racism into our institutions, our culture, and individual's explicit and implicit bias. Through a series of lectures, articles, videos and other educational material, we will demonstrate how the intersection of policy and practice can be used to address chronic issues that exist in Black communities as a result of flawed (or simply absent) policies and practices. As a policy school, we hope that these webinars will educate and inspire conversations in an effort to promote accountability and seek remedy for deficiencies in policies that have disproportionately affected Black people in this country. This series is co-hosted by Executive Development and the DIB Task Force.