Reimagining Justice in the 21st Century
with John Lewis and Eric Holder


Fifty years after the signing of landmark civil rights legislation in the United States, demographic shifts are bringing about enormous social, political, and economic transformation—and profound opportunity. Today, we have the chance to lift up and celebrate the voices of all communities, and to build a more inclusive and participatory democracy. At the same time, we must confront deep-seated anxieties that have created barriers to progress.

Are we at a tipping point? How do we translate growing awareness and engagement into the kind of action that can change systems? What does a 21st-century social justice infrastructure look like—and what will it take to realize it?

On Monday, December 7, we came together to explore these and other questions in an afternoon of conversations with leaders on the front lines of civil rights. You can watch videos of all those conversations right here.


Darren Walker on race and inequality


Darren Walker welcomes attendees, discussing race, inequality, voting rights, and human rights.


The state of the changing union: Ari Berman and Eric Holder in conversation


How much progress has America made toward becoming a truly inclusive, representative, and participatory democracy? In a provocative conversation with author Ari Berman, former US Attorney General Eric Holder tackles this question head-on. Read Berman's recap at The Nation.


To bend or break the arc: Exploring today's movements for change


Dramatic demographic shifts, an era of growing criminalization, and growing racial inequality demand new ways forward. This discussion features leaders from across America who are shaking up the status quo—finding imaginative avenues for expressing and reaching across movements, constituencies, and issues to bring about change. Featuring Heather McGhee, president of Demos; Cristina Jimenez, managing director of United We Dream; Umi Selah, founder of Dream Defenders; and Farhana Khera, director of Muslim Advocates.


In performance: Umi Selah


Activist and Dream Defenders founder Umi Selah delivers a powerful spoken word performance.


Staying on the right side of history: Congressman John Lewis on civil rights today


A legend in the civil rights movement who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Congressman John Lewis has seen the best and the worst of America’s progress over the past 50 years. He joins Ford Foundation President Darren Walker to reflect on and project the way ahead for today’s civil rights movements.

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