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Past Forward: The Legacy of Racism in Modern-Day America

ParentEd Talks Replay

Why does educating kids on race matter?

Because teaching an honest history of the enduring legacy of anti-Black racism in America is foundational to building a more equitable society, now and in the future. 

Research suggests

  • Discussing race, racism and accurate historical information in school reduces prejudice among students of all racial backgrounds.
  • Promoting “color blindness” and ignoring race, racism and stereotypes lead to increased prejudice.
  • Helping historically excluded and marginalized students develop positive ethnic-racial identities improves academic outcomes, health and overall well-being.

In this essential ParentEd Talks event Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ph.D., and Jeffery Robinson, two of the nation’s leading scholars on race, democracy, inequality and criminal justice, discussed the hidden history of racism in our country and how to forge a path forward. 

About the speakers

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ph.D., is the Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Director of the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project. He is the former director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library and the world’s leading library and archive of global Black history. He is the co-host of the podcast "Some of My Best Friends Are,” available for free downloads on Apple, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Jeffery Robinson is the founder and CEO of The Who We Are Project, and the writer and co-producer of “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America,” a documentary film based on his groundbreaking presentation on anti-Black racism in the United States (now streaming on Netflix and available on other digital platforms). He has over four decades of experience working on criminal and racial justice issues, most recently as a former deputy legal director of the ACLU.


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