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Democracy in Color

As protests over racial injustice mobilize the country, Conversations On the Green is moderating a necessary and difficult conversation about race. On June 28 at 3 pm, “Democracy In Color” a FREE livestream discussion will take place with three nationally known civil rights activists.
In the wake of the barbaric killing of George Floyd, as America smoldered over another case of unequal justice, Michelle Obama channeled the anguish and the anger of the moment when she said “I’m exhausted by the heartbreak that never seems to stop.”

Now, as Trump’s re-election campaign gathers momentum, three nationally known voices are coming together in Conversations On the Green’s third event of the season to discuss the role of race in American politics and how identity issues will shape the 2020 campaign for the presidency and Congress.

The forum is led by Joy Reid, an author, historian and MSNBC host. A national political correspondent for the cable news network, she is the author of the best-seller, “Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide,” an analysis of the recent history of the Democratic Party. A graduate of Harvard, she is schooled in the art of politics, serving during the 2004 presidential campaign as the Florida deputy communications director for the PAC “America Coming Together” as well as a press aide in Obama’s 2008 Florida campaign. A regular contributor to “The Daily Beast,” Reid’s columns and essays have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the country and her MSNBC program, “A.M. Joy”, is aired on weekends from 10 a.m. to noon.

The civil rights activist Maya Wiley will join Reid on the panel. The former chair of New York’s Civilian Complaint Review Board, an independent police oversight agency, Wiley also served as counsel to the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio. Before that, she worked for a variety of social and legal advocacy groups, including the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union and was the founder of the Center for Social Inclusion, a national policy strategy organization dedicated to dismantling structural racism. She currently is the Henry Cohen Professor and senior vice president for Social Justice at The New School and two years ago became a legal analyst for MSNBC.

The panel’s third political savant is Dr. Jason Johnson, who has managed legislative campaigns in Virginia, South Carolina, and Maryland and is the politics editor for both The Source and The Root. Outspoken and consequentially controversial, he is a sought-after television and radio commentator. He appeared regularly on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” before it was canceled. Now he’s often on MSNBC and frequently is quoted as a political expert by major newspapers in analysis pieces on the role of race in elections. He worked on the 2000 London mayoral campaign and has been an international election monitor in Mexico and South Africa. A tenured professor in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University, his courses focus on politics and international journalism. 

Moderated by former NBC correspondent and national talk show host Jane Whitney, this interactive symposium, which begins at 3 p.m. on June 28th and runs 90 minutes, will be live streamed, allowing anyone with an internet-connected device to participate and ask questions.

COGS hopes to promote civic engagement by providing this important livestream event for free to the general public.
Register for this free event  or by emailing: conversationsonthegreen.com.
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