In Brief

A Focus on Racial Relations

The second annual National Dialogue on Race Day will be held on Sept. 15
September 8, 2014


The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, this summer sparked days of rioting there, fueled by cries of racism. Now the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is investigating the Ferguson police department’s conduct going back several years.

The Ferguson shooting is the focus of two events this fall organized by Tufts’ Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, which uses research, scholarship and public dialogue to explore the intersections between race and democracy.

The second annual National Dialogue on Race Day, which will be held on Monday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. in ASEAN Auditorium in the Cabot Intercultural Center, features a diverse panel that will discuss “The Civil Rights Act: 50 Years Ago, 50 Years Later, 50 Years from Now.” Events in Ferguson and what they say about race relations in America today will be central to the discussion.

The center is also presenting an interactive panel discussion, “Ferguson as Metaphor: Racial Equality in the 21st Century,” on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in Alumnae Lounge. Panelists and audience members will examine the militarization of police departments, the state of black equality and leadership in America and what lessons Ferguson offers for moving forward.

Learn more about the center’s agenda and other programming for the fall at

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