16th Annual Branton Symposium

The Next 150: Shaping a Civil Rights Agenda for the Future
 – The 16th Annual Wiley A. Branton Symposium

The Howard Law Journal 16th Annual Wiley A. Branton Symposium will be held on October 29, 2019 from 9am–5pm. In recognition of the Law School’s sesquicentennial, this year’s symposium will focus on the “next 150” and shaping a civil rights agenda for the 21st century. Through thoughtful programming, political scholars and activists will discuss topics such as the future of economic empowerment in the black community, the role of technology in perpetuating societal patterns of bias, the fight against employment discrimination, ease of inter-class mobility, the future of the criminal justice system, and more. Please see the schedule below: 


8:30-9 AM: Continental Breakfast 

9 AM: Welcome and Introduction by Dean Danielle Holley-Walker 

9:30–10:45 AM: A Reflection on Civil Rights Agendas of the Past

Dean Carla Pratt, Professor Derek Black, Professor Harold McDougall

MODERATOR: Dean Danielle Conway

11 AM–12:15 PM: Framing the Next Civil Rights Agenda

Professor Nicol Turner-Lee, Dean Danielle Conway, Professor Sheila Foster, Professor Rhonda Sharpe 

12:30–1:30 PM: Luncheon

1:45–2:45 PM: Keynote Conversation with Dean Holley-Walker: Professor Melissa Murray

3:00–4:00 PM: “A New Model for Black Reparations?”: Reflections on the Debate

Professor Roy Brooks, Professor Carlton Waterhouse, Professor Eric Miller, Professor Adjoa Aiyetorro


If you are interested in attending, please register here.

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The Symposium will be held at:
Howard University Law School, Moot Court Room
 2900 Van Ness Street NW, Washington, DC