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“No Lie Can Live Forever”: Healing America for our children

America Healing anchor partners gathered in Washington for an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The anchor partners consisted of 11 organizations with a long history of leading civil rights movements. Prominent leaders from each of these 11 organizations joined Dr. Gail Christopher, vice president of program strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), for a dialogue on the legacy of racism in America.

Together, they discussed the long struggle for equal opportunities for all Americans, assess the effects of conscious and unconscious bias and advocate for the implementation of concrete steps toward a stronger future for America’s children. The panel took questions from event attendees, exploring perspectives on the past, present and future of the many interwoven civil rights movements supported by the America Healing initiative.

Panelists for the event included::

  • Kathleen Ko Chin, president and chief executive officer of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
  • Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project
  • Ralph Everett, president and chief executive officer of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Inc.
  • Alvin Herring, director of training at the PICO National Network
  • Benjamin Jealous, president and chief executive officer of the NAACP
  • Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League Inc.
  • Jacqueline Pata, executive director of the National Congress of American Indians
  • Delia Pompa, senior vice president of programs of the National Council of La Raza
  • Miles Rapoport, president of Dēmos: A Network for Ideas and Action
  • Rinku Sen, president and executive director of the Applied Research Center
  • Philip Tegeler, executive director of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council

The panel discussion took place at the Newseum on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 and was live streamed by both C-SPAN and BET.

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