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'Racing Toward Justice' on Nov. 16: In conversation with Andre M. Perry

| Denise Olson

Photo caption: Dr. Andre M. Perry's book outlines what he describes as an American history of "deliberate devaluation of Blacks and their communities that had very real, far-reaching and negative economic and social effects."

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Center for Racial and Restorative Justice will host the third installment of the 2021-22 "Racing Toward Justice" speaker series at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16. This will be an in-person presentation in the Woodland Theater of Davies Student Center. 

Masks are required for all attendees, per UW-Eau Claire's campus COVID-19 protocols.

Guest speaker Dr. Andre M. Perry is the author of “Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives in America’s Black Cities,” which breaks down his analysis of Black-majority cities in the U.S. and how American institutions fail to adequately invest in the assets these cities hold.

Perry is the scholar-in-residence at American University and a senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit public policy organization whose mission is in-depth research aimed at solving problems in the realms of foreign policy, economics, governance and metropolitan development.

A nationally respected commentator on issues of race, structural inequities and urban education, Perry is a frequent guest, commentator and contributor in national media outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, the New York Times and many more.

Perry’s most recent research has focused on COVID-19 infections and deaths in majority-Black communities. His findings highlight how some forms of social distancing accelerated economic and social disparities that disadvantage Black people, and that housing, income and health care inequities make Black Americans more vulnerable to COVID-19.  

Perry is a Pittsburgh native and earned his Ph.D. in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Tuesday's event will consist of a 45-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute Q&A with the audience. The event will be moderated by Dr. Roderick Jones, assistant professor of special education and inclusive practices, and co-chair of the Center for Racial and Restorative Justice’s implementation team.

“Racing Toward Justice” is the flagship program of the Center for Racial and Restorative Justice. The monthly program, sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, features speakers on topics of race and social injustice and provides microgrants for student programs or initiatives committed to advancing racial justice. The program also will sponsor diversity fellows each academic year.