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Black Mayors & Leadership in the United States: The Honorable Ras J. Baraka, Mayor of Newark

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March 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 1:30 pm

A virtual series presented by the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and the Department of African American Studies & African Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley with the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  The California Lawyers Association’s Racial Justice Committee and Litigation Section proudly co-sponsor this series in addition to many other organizations.  Click here to learn more.

Three Mayors, Three Vices, Three Visions.  Three sessions exploring lessons learned and equity challenges these mayors faced in building unity during a worldwide pandemic and sharp economic contraction. 

In this event, Mayor Ras J. Baraka will discuss the wealth gap. The event will be moderated by Washington Post reporter Tracy Jan and will include a panel discussion with Elsie Harper-Anderson, Associate Professor, Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University; Paul Ong, Research Professor and Director, Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs; and Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation.

Click here for biographies of all speakers.

These events are free and open to the public. If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) in order to fully participate in this virtual event, please contact with as much advance notice as possible.

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.


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