Fifty years ago, the Kerner Commission issued its landmark report on the causes of the 1967 race riots in Detroit, Newark and other American cities. Convened by President Johnson and named for its chair, Illinois governor Otto Kerner, the Commission concluded that the nation was "moving toward two societies, one black, one white -- separate and unequal." The report recommended far-reaching government action, including reforming the criminal justice system and eliminating all barriers to jobs, education and housing. We'll discuss the Kerner Commission's legacy and impact.
The Summer of Rage: Lessons from the Riots in Detroit and Newark 50 Years Ago (KQED's The Lowdown)
Shaun Donovan, former director, Office of Management and Budget, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Fred Harris, former US Senator from Oklahoma, sole surviving member of the Kerner Commission
john a. powell, director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, professor of Law, African American and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley
Sandra Susan Smith, professor of sociology, UC Berkeley