Free USC Webinar: 50 Years After the Kerner Commission: Can Entertainment Inspire a New Will?

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Can the arts and entertainment inspire a movement to eliminate poverty, racial injustice and inequality?

Over 50 years ago, the Kerner Commission was convened by President Lyndon Johnson after protests and rebellions in over 150 American cities in the 1960s. The Commission concluded that the cause of the disorder was “white racism.” In the words of the Commission, “It is time to make good the promises of American democracy to all citizens – urban and rural, white and black, Spanish surname, American Indian and every minority group.” Over the last 50 years we have assembled considerable evidence on what works to reduce racial injustice and economic inequality – yet we have not implemented all of those policies in part because we have not fully achieved what the Kerner Commission called “new will” from the American public.

Please join The Norman Lear Center’s Hollywood, Health & Society as our panelists discuss these issues and the way forward. The webinar is being co-presented by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Trustees of the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation, the Writers Guild of America, and Harvardwood.

There will be special remarks from Alan Curtis of the Eisenhower Foundation, and producer Norman Lear.

Source: 50 Years After the Kerner Commission: Can Entertainment Inspire a New Will?

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