Hosted by Simmons College of Kentucky.
Mamie Till’s decision to open the casket of her murdered son Emmett forced America to confront the reality of racial terror and violence it tried to hide from for decades. The open casket ushered in a period of reckoning that led to the Civil Rights Movement. Last year, America in general — and the city of Louisville in particular — was forced again to confront the realities of racial violence with the tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and the months of protest that followed. This session will explore a new era of racial reckoning and, more importantly, will help us discern whether there’s a movement afoot to effect real structural change in America.
Panelists will explore the following questions:
- What did we learn last year about America and our city?
- How is this new period of reckoning similar to previous ones?
- How and why is this new period different and unique?
- Have we already lost the momentum sparked by the 2020 protests? Why or why not?
- Is it too late for America and Louisville to change?
- What does change look like?