The North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities (NC CRED), the Center for Death Penalty Litigation (CDPL), and the North Carolina Racial Equity Network (NC REN) invite you to a virtual symposium Reckoning with Racial Terror: Slavery, the Death Penalty, and Mass Incarceration on February 5, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. (Registration is free and available online.)
Racial terror has been a constant in American life. Although its form is ever-shifting, violence against Black people has always been the primary tool to enforce white supremacy. This symposium will explore the death penalty and mass incarceration as two contemporary manifestations of the legacy of racial terror that began in slavery.
First, a panel of historians (Timothy Lovelace, Seth Kotch, and David Cecelski) will describe the historical origins of these modern forms of brutality.
Second, a panel of activists and advocates (Dawn Blagrove, Will Elmore, and Henderson Hill) will discuss the ways racial violence is wielded today and the importance of exposing its historical roots.
Finally, keynote speaker James Ferguson will offer closing thoughts on how we reckon with racial terror, in all its forms, to end its grip on our nation.