A Summary Report of the Black-Brown Dialogues Summit: Working toward Common Ground November 13, 2017
Hosted by The Julian Samora Research Institute and African American and African Studies, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
In the face of a 2016 presidential campaign fueled by racial resentment, along with the regressive policies of the current White House administration, the times call for a renewed commitment to Black/Brown dialogues. Historically, Black/Brown coalitions have been organized to elect Black and Brown leaders, and to combat school segregation, police brutality, “urban renewal” and gentrification, environmental racism, and other social injustices. These alliances have often been temporary though, mobilized to address specific grievances and then fading out when success is achieved or enthusiasm is lost. As such, the task for those interested in ongoing Black/Brown dialogues and cooperation is to identify barriers to lasting collaboration and find ways to overcome them so that African Americans and Latinos are able to develop effective working relationships that empower them to have greater political influence in the policy directions of the state and the operation of its institutions.