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Canceled – A conversation on the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Momentum is building to address the most severe and pervasive problems facing Black people in America, due in large part to the disproportional impact of the pandemic on Black communities and widespread racialized violence. Black boys and men, in particular, run the gauntlet of a specific brand of racism, at the sharp intersection of race and gender. The result is a longstanding pattern of poor intergenerational outcomes for them. The unique challenges facing Black boys and men require a specific set of policy responses, from the earliest days of life through adulthood.

In August 2020, President Trump signed bipartisan legislation to create the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, a 19-member council tasked with studying the social status of Black men and boys and recommending policy solutions. A majority of the commission members haven’t been appointed, but what exactly is the role of a congressional commission, and what should President Biden and the commission focus their energy on? On Tuesday, June 8, experts, a member of Congress, and a member of the commission will discuss the unique role of the newly established commission.

Viewers can submit questions for speakers by emailing events@brookings.edu or via Twitter using #BlackMenandBoysCommission.

Agenda

Introduction

Keynote remarks

Panel Discussion

Sean Joe

Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development; Principal Director, Race & Opportunity Lab - Washington University in St. Louis Brown School

Ronald Mincy

Maurice V. Russell Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice, and Director of the Center for Research on Fathers, Children, and Family Well-Being - Columbia University

Alex Camardelle

Workforce Policy Director - The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Closing remarks

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