Washington, D.C. — It’s been 50 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy; the release of the Kerner Commission report; and the creation of the Poor People’s Campaign. The Kerner Commission warned that America was moving toward two separate and unequal societies—one black and one white. Has that prediction been borne out? What has changed? What has stayed the same? Wealth continues to be the best indicator of an individual’s or family’s financial net worth—and it is still highly unequal. Today, for every $1 that a black family owns in wealth, a white family owns $10. Moreover, broad labor market and mortgage market discrimination; housing segregation; pay inequity; and other barriers to closing the wealth gap persist.
On June 19, the Center for American Progress will host an in-depth discussion about systematic inequality in America, where we will examine how direct action must be taken to change American systems built on suppression, oppression, and the concentration of power and wealth.
Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress
Darrick Hamilton, Director of the doctoral program in public and urban policy; Professor of economics and urban policy, The New School
Valerie Wilson, Director, Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy, Economic Policy Institute
Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co-Director, Poor People’s Campaign; Co-Director, Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice
Kenny Diggs, Political Analyst, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Danyelle Solomon, Senior Director, Progress 2050, Center for American Progress
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. ET
Center for American Progress
1333 H Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
For more information or to speak with an expert, contact Allison Preiss at gro.ssergorpnacirema@ssierpa or 202.478.6331.