"For most of my adult life, I’ve been engaged in what I might call race work – fighting to make justice and fairness a reality for everyone. The racial picture in America has improved remarkably in my lifetime. So much so that a Black man has now been elected President of the United States, a development seemed unthinkable just a few years ago. But paradoxically, Barack Obama’s victory in 2008 has convinced many that all racial barriers, all restrictions have been vanquished and we’ve entered a racial nirvana across the land.
I’m here to dispel that notion and, in the process, discuss the challenges we face in the area of civil rights."
This forum is the annual Battiste Memorial Lecture in memorial of Judge Frank and Gloria Battiste. We hold this forum in partnership with the association of Judge Battiste's law clerks.