Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Civil Right Institute Announces New Research Project to Examine Kerner Commission


The Civil Right Institute Announces New Research Project to Examine Kerner Commission
‘Choosing the Future’ Research Project Looking to Create New Data to Influence Better Public Policies

July 6, 2015 – Today, The Civil Rights Institute (TCRI) is excited to announce a strategic partnership with thought leaders around the country to revisit the Kerner Commission in light of recent events.   This particular project, Choosing the Future, will use the next three years to gather the data and convene a national convention in 2018 to share their findings and discussion new solutions.

In 2018 the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Commission) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Less than 3 years after the 1968 report was released President Nixon declared a “war on drugs,” devastating the same communities that the Civil Rights Acts and Voting Rights Acts were meant to protect and creating the modern-day prison-industrial complex.  TCRI’s research will use the Kerner Commission, along with recent events, to engage urban communities in discussions about the current public policies and their effectiveness in their neighborhoods.

Noted names who have come together to work with TCRI and its proposed research project are Dr. Nicholas Johnson – Fordham University School of Law; Dr. Glenn Loury – Brown University; Dr. Craig Frisby – University of Missouri; Robert Woodson, a noted civil rights activist and President/CEO of Center for Neighborhood Enterprise;  Stephan Thernstrom – former Harvard professor; Abigail Thernstrom – former Vice-Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; Dr. Anthony Bradley – King’s College and Acton Institute  and Prof. John McWhorter – Columbia University.

 “Our country is ready to begin the healing process, especially on race and public policy.” said Regina Roundtree, President/CEO of The Civil Rights Institute. The  “Choosing the Future” research project is exactly what the name says – giving back to local residents the opportunity to have a voice in what policies affect them and their children.”  

TCRI  is using a community based participatory research model to tackle some of the hardest issues facing citizens today like police attitudes, unemployment and underemployment, housing, education and race.  One of their many goals is to create a new research model for effectively engaging marginalized communities in the public policy debate.

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About The Civil Rights Institute
 The Civil Rights Institute is a non-partisan, non-sectarian organization created to facilitate the emergence of a society where all humans walk in the fullness of their unalienable rights. TCRI  partners with local advocates to assist marginalized communities via research and culturally-competent public policies that support individual freedom, efficient government and free enterprise.