POSTPONED: A Conversation on the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys

June 8, 2021 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Event Organizer

Brookings Office Of Communications

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Hosted by
Brookings Institution

Introduced by
Richard Reeves (bio)

Keynote remarks by
The Hon. Frederica F. Wilson (bio)

Followed by a panel discussion with

  • Sean Joe (bio)
  • Joseph Marshall (bio)
  • Ronald Mincy (bio), Maurice V. Russell Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice, CSSW
  • Alex Camardelle (bio)

Moderated by
Rashawn Ray (bio)

About the Event

Momentum is building to address the most severe and pervasive problems facing Black people in America, due in large part to the disproportional impact of the pandemic on Black communities and widespread racialized violence. Black boys and men, in particular, run the gauntlet of a specific brand of racism, at the sharp intersection of race and gender. The result is a longstanding pattern of poor intergenerational outcomes for them. The unique challenges facing Black boys and men requires a specific set of policy responses, from the earliest days of life through adulthood.

In August 2020, President Trump signed bipartisan legislation to create the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, a 19-member council tasked with studying the social status of Black men and boys and recommending policy solutions. A majority of the commission members haven’t been appointed, but what exactly is the role of a congressional commission, and what should President Biden and the commission focus their energy on? On Tuesday, June 8, a member of Congress, a panel of experts—including CSSW’s Maurice V. Russell Professor Ronald Mincy—and a member of the commission will discuss the unique role of the newly established commission.

Viewers can submit questions for speakers by emailing or via Twitter using #BlackMenandBoysCommission. More information here.