“From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter”

Visiting Scholar presentation by
Professor Megan Ming Francis
Department of Political Science, University of Washington

Francis Lecture flyerToday, no issue in American politics has received more attention than racial violence. From the killing of unarmed blacks by police to hate crimes against those perceived as Muslim or Arab, there has been a lot of discussion about the role of race, the meaning of citizenship, and eruptions of violence in Election 2016. But what can be done to heal the division and move our nation forward in the coming months and years? In this lecture, Professor Francis argues that in order to look ahead—we first must look back. Professor Francis traces the root causes of our current political climate to earlier struggles over the meaning of civil rights, debunking common misconceptions, and calling out “fix-all” cures to complex social problems. Considering the long history of racial violence and protest politics may allow us to see how mass protest movements can light a way out of the present darkness.


Co-sponsored by the One World Initiative, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, Department of Public Policy and Administration, and Department of History


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Dr. Francis's fascinating lecture was very well attended by our campus community. Thanks to all who joined us that day! We would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Megan Ming Francis for visiting the Sacramento State campus and sharing her insights.

For information about Dr. Francis's lecture and the topic she discussed, contact Professor Ted Lascher