Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad will be the next featured speaker at Montclair Public Library & Foundation’s next Open Book / Open Mind series on March 6. He will discuss his ideas with David Troutt, founder and director of Rutgers Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity, and the acclaimed author of The Price of Paradise.
In the wake of shootings of unarmed African Americans in multiple cities, two experts in black history and civil rights will come together to discuss how acknowledgment of the history behind bias can help people change behavior, and effect change. For five years, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ph.D, has been Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a Harlem-based research division of the New York Public Library, and he has just been appointed as Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard as Professor of history, race and public policy at the Kennedy School. The New York Review of Books called his book, The Condemnation of Blackness, “a brilliant work that tells us how directly the past has formed us.”
In a recent NPR interview, Muhammad said, “Racism is built into our criminal justice system. If we don’t come to terms with that, we’re going to have a hard time getting past the past.”
Open Book/Open Mind: Khalil Gibran Muhammad in Conversation With David Troutt
Sunday, March 6 at 4 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Free. First 100 seats by reservation. Remaining seats first come, first serve. Registration online here