Black Futures Lab and the Black Census Project
The issues facing black communities are often complicated, nuanced and heavily weighted by centuries of historical injustice. Black Futures Lab, founded by Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, works to make black people powerful in politics by transforming black communities into constituencies that build power in cities and states.
The Black Futures Lab recently completed the largest survey of black people since Reconstruction, with nearly 40,000 respondents from diverse communities across the nation. The survey included questions regarding many defining characteristics, including gender, sexuality, age and other categories, and it dug into several key issues rooted in inequality and to understand better what black communities desire for their futures. Join Garza and other cultural leaders, scholars and experts for a conversation about the inaugural data results and how to use this data to create solutions with lasting impact.
The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, 94105
Cathy Cohen, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Chicago; Founder and Director, Black Youth Project and the GenForward Survey
Principal, Black Futures Lab; Strategy and Partnership Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter
Ibram X. Kendi
Ph.D., Founding Director, Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University; Professor of History and International Relations, American University; Author, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America; Author, The Black Campus Movement; Author, How to Be an Antiracist (Forthcoming)
President, Akonadi Foundation—Moderator