Sparking Meaningful Dialogue on Race and Opportunity in America

Posted December 1, 2015, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Casey Foundation recently hosted a forum devoted to discussing the role of race in determining a child’s path to success. This event was in direct response to widening racial divides—and ensuing civic turmoil—in Ferguson, Mo., Charleston, S.C. and Baltimore.  
 
Participants included:

  • Moderator Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink.
  • Panelist Peter Edelman, faculty director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown Law.
  • Panelist Joseph T. Jones, founder and CEO of the Center for Urban Families.
  • Panelist Rafael Lopez, commissioner on Children, Youth and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

During the panel discussion, these experts identified proven strategies for effectively disrupting inequitable systems while placing kids and families – and specifically fathers – on a path to success. They also pinpointed the importance of meaningful conversations and sound policy solutions in addressing challenges related to racial inequities in America.    

The forum – part of an ongoing series of Foundation-led discussions and events focused on race – took place at Baltimore’s Center Stage theater.

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