50 Years Later – President Johnson’s Commencement Speech at Howard: The State of African-American Families

Events | May 27 2015

Please join the National Collaborative for Health Equity, the Howard University School of Social Work and School of Law – for a forum to highlight the significant accomplishments and resilience of African-American men and Black families.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

8:00a.m. – 3:30p.m
Continental breakfast and lunch will be served

Howard University School of Law
2900 Van Ness Street NW, Washington, DC 20008
Houston Hall (Moot Room)

On June 4, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson delivered an historic speech at the Howard University commencement, in which he praised civil right movements but lamented the collapse of the Black family resulting from the legacy of slavery, injustice, and racism.  Today, the White House “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative and other efforts seek to increase understanding of the contextual, institutional, and historical forces that shape the life opportunities of boys and men of color (BMoC).

In support of these efforts, the National Collaborative for Health Equity is working to change the narrative of risk and blame regarding African-American men, and to seek a more optimistic narrative highlighting the significant accomplishments and resilience of African-American men and Black families.  To that end, and in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s historic address, this forum will spark discussion of the historical and contemporary factors that have helped shaped the dynamics of Black families.  The forum will feature leading activists, researchers, and policymakers.

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Nearest Metro: Van Ness Metro-UDC
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