On November 21, 2014, the University of Kentucky College of Law hosted the James and Mary Lassiter Distinguished Visiting Professor Conference. Anthony Paul Farley, the 2014 Lassiter Distinguished Visiting Professor, led a group of prominent speakers through the day's events.
The Lassiter Distinguished Visiting Professor conference focused on the four freedoms and race. Black childhood is in danger. What is freedom of speech without the right to an education? What is freedom of worship amidst nihilistic erasures of black childhood? What is freedom from want when most of black childhood is lived below the poverty line? What is freedom from fear when black childhood is itself feared? Democracy requires these questions to be answered, and childhood’s relationship to time means that there is such a thing as too late. As academics and activists from all over the nation, we gather together to address these urgent questions of race, childhood, and democracy.
The panel on Black Childhood and Philosophy included the following speakers:
Sarah Jane Forman, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Black Children & American Nihilism
Odeana Neal, University of Baltimore School of Law
Structural Harm in the Age of Mass Incarceration
SpearIt, Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Is There a Future for Black Boys In America? A Candid Discussion of the Education, Criminalization, and Victimization of Our Black Boys
Phyllis Taite, Florida A&M University School of Law
Freedom: The Yet to be Realized Dream of Rural Girls in East Africa
Tsedey Tedla, LL.M.
The Dangers of Neutrality: Structural Inequality, Schools, and Post-Racial Determinism
Cedric Powell, University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
Closing Remarks: Anthony Paul Farley, Lassiter Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Kentucky College of Law
Moderator: Jennifer Bird-Pollan, University of Kentucky College of Law
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/cedric_powell/4/