Seeking Justice for All: Race and the Criminal Justice System


Cynthia Neal Spence

Sundays, September 13th and 20th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET
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Seeking Justice for All: Race and the Criminal Justice System


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This year, citizens across the United States and the world have protested against racial injustice in America. Injustice did not begin this year; it has corrupted the rule of law over centuries. To remedy this injustice, we must understand its origin. 

Join Dr. Cynthia Neal Spence, award-winning sociology professor and director of the Spelman College Social Justice Fellows Program, for this two-part lecture examining the history of the criminal justice system and its engagement with issues of race. From police to courts to corrections, the criminal justice system has systematically and disproportionately disadvantaged Black citizens. However, other legislative mandates, legal policies, and procedures have in some cases advanced the call for racial justice. Without acknowledging and altering the limitations of our criminal justice system, we cannot create true justice for all.

After attending this event, you will: 

  • Grasp the early history and contemporary role of race in America
  • Learn how the criminal justice system has regulated the lives of Black citizens in the United States
  • Better understand the complex relationship between justice and race

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