Summit for Civil Rights

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The Summit for Civil Rights

November 9–10, 2017

At the University of Minnesota Law School, Mondale Hall

Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice | The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity

With generous support from The Kresge Foundation

Please join Vice President Walter Mondale, Congressman Keith Ellison and other leaders from civil rights, labor, faith, and elected office for a conference about building a movement to end racial segregation in the United States.

The Summit for Civil Rights was held at the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 9 and 10, 2017. The Summit aims to take the first steps of transforming the historic coalition for civil rights into a new, modern political alliance.

The Civil Rights Movement of Dr. King, Thurgood Marshall, and A. Philip Randolph succeeded in transforming America by defeating Jim Crow and moving us all closer to a fully inclusive society. Sadly, recent decades have seen a harsh backlash to that progress and a retreat from that ideal, as segregation has intensified and economic inequality has risen dramatically across the Nation.

The Summit for Civil Rights strives to reignite forward progress. Cities, workforces, and faith organizations contain untapped and overlooked sources of political power—power that can propel, once again, a national political movement for a racially integrated and united country with sustained prosperity for all.

The Summit was held one year to the day of a presidential election fraught with anger and fear around both race and economic anxiety. We believe now is the time for us to reexamine our approach to these deep-rooted and intersecting themes in the American story and challenge some of today's narratives about class, race, and place that have too often divided us.

At the Summit, attendees learned from the triumphs and failures of the past and examined the changed political and social landscape of today, with the goal of restoring the multi-racial coalition for integration.

The Summit featured top civil rights lawyers, scholars, and political leaders, but our goal is to reconnect these legal advocates with grassroots power to build a winning coalition. This includes the historic civil rights organizations, the faith community, the labor movement, and representatives from diverse working-class communities.

Thank you to those who attended and participated in this important conversation about the future of America.

Together, we hope to use what we have learned of the lessons of the past, continue examining the complicated political landscape of today, and use the action plans agreed upon at the Summit to reignite the movement for economic and racial justice in America.

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The Summit for Civil Rights was held Thursday and Friday, November 9 from 1:00 PM to November 10 at 5:00 PM at Walter Mondale Hall - 229 South 19th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

The Welcome Reception and Tribute to Vice President Mondale took place Thursday evening, November 9 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown.

If you have any questions about the Summit please email us at Summit for Civil Rights.

10.25 Standard CLE credits were approved. 

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