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Courting Change

Ford Foundation

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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Ford Foundation President Luis A. Ubiñas and Maya L. Harris,
Vice President for Democracy, Rights and Justice, invite you to 

Courting Change

The Road Ahead for Civil Rights


The Supreme Court just handed down decisions on voting rights, affirmative action and marriage equality—rulings that will have a profound impact on the future of all Americans.

In the wake of these decisions, we will bring together leading figures from civil rights and social justice movements, policymakers, business leaders, artists and activists to explore the next frontlines of the civil rights movement. How can we galvanize a new generation of Americans around persistent and emerging civil rights issues? How do we address race-based inequity in a society that some describe as "post-racial"? Fifty years after the March on Washington, are we prepared for the next wave of social change?

Join us for a conversation about advancing civil rights in a changing America.


9:30 am                Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00 am              Performance: Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir

10:10 am              Welcome

Luis A. Ubiñas
President, Ford Foundation

Maya L. Harris Vice President, Democracy, Rights and Justice, Ford Foundation
10:25 am           Bending the Arc: The Supreme Court's Role in Shaping Civil   Rights

The 2013 term of the Supreme Court may be one of the most notable in history for its impact on civil rights issues. What do the court’s decisions say about its future role in advancing a social justice agenda for the 21st century? Do recent decisions suggest a cycle of landmark victories that will be followed by years of incremental setbacks, or is a larger shift underway? What role does legal advocacy play within broader movements for social change?

Jeffrey Toobin (CNN and The New Yorker)

Sherrilyn Ifill (NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund), Nina Perales (MALDEF), Nina Totenberg (NPR), Evan Wolfson (Freedom to Marry) 

11:30 am              Break


11:50 am             What We Talk About When We Talk About Civil Rights

Against a backdrop of significant civil rights gains, a black American president and major demographic shifts, how do we think about civil rights and racial justice in the 21st century? Are we at a historical crossroads for the movement, requiring us to rethink how we address issues of race and equity? With fresh research data, we explore the meaning of civil rights in a changing America—and the implications for future progress.  

Maria Hinojosa (Latino USA, NPR)

Charles Blow (The New York Times), Alexis McGill Johnson (American Values Institute), Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez (GetEQUAL), Bryan Stevenson (Equal Justice Initiative)

12:55 pm

1:30 pm                Lunch Conversation: Looking Back to Move Forward

Featuring Harry Belafonte and Dolores Huerta. Moderated by Bryonn Bain.

3:00 pm                The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be

Since redefining equality under the law 50 years ago, the civil rights movement has evolved in dynamic ways. How do we continue to make good on its promise and address unfinished business in the coming decades? Our final conversation will profile innovative efforts already underway—from broadening the movement to building across issue areas to organizing in new ways—and explore how we can secure the next generation of change. What new horizons can we now see that could not have been imagined 50 years ago and what paths will we take into the

Moderator: Laura Flanders (The Laura Flanders Show)

Michael Brune (Sierra Club), Sister Simone Campbell (NETWORK),
Ai-jen Poo (Caring Across Generations), Rashad Robinson (ColorOfChange)

4:00 pm                Performance: Raul Midón

4:15 pm                Reception

Please RSVP by Friday, July 12.

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Join us in getting the conversation started on Twitter: #courtingchange

Have questions about Courting Change? Contact Ford Foundation

When & Where

Ford Foundation
320 E 43rd St
New York, NY 10017

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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