The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law and the International Center on Transitional Justice will host “Reckoning with Racial Injustice in the United States,” the Ninth Annual Emilio Mignone Lecture on Transitional Justice, on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

Flyer for Reckoning with Racial Injustice in the United States—November 9, 2017 with images of Darren Walker and Sherrilyn Ifill

This year's event will examine the legacy of slavery in the United States and how concepts and strategies of transitional justice might contribute to advancing racial justice in this country. The lecture takes place 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, Lipton Hall at NYU Law, 110 West Third Street.

Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, and Sherrilyn Ifill ‘87, president and director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, will lead the conversation. Walker has been an outspoken advocate for the need to face the unbroken legacy of slavery, and under his leadership the Ford Foundation has been a key contributor to public discussions of race in the United States. Likewise, Ifill works at the forefront of public dialogue on race: She has written extensively about the silence surrounding the country’s history of lynching and about the struggle for structural change in the criminal justice system and beyond.

ICTJ President David Tolbert will moderate the conversation. Tolbert has worked in the former Yugoslavia, Palestine, the Middle East, eastern Europe, Cambodia, Lebanon and a host of other countries, but his roots lie in the Carolinas, where he grew up in the segregated South and has advocated for the United States to confront its own troubled past.

The event is free and open to the public; registration is required. Reporters interested in attending the lecture must contact Michelle Tsai, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at or 212-998-6849.

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law was established to bring together and expand the rich array of teaching, research, clinical, internship, and publishing activities undertaken within the Law School on issues of international human rights law.

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