john a. powell to Speak at Virtual MLK Event at SPSCC This January

Published: 
Monday, December 7, 2020

SPSCC is pleased to host john a. powell as the featured speaker for the college’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. event. Professor powell is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, structural racism, housing, poverty, and democracy. This free, virtual event will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 from 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Find the Zoom link to join on our event webpage: spscc.edu/MLK.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. event serves as an extension of the longtime work of the Thurston Group of Washington State, which is dedicated to providing educational and leadership opportunities for underrepresented youth with a focus on historically black colleges and universities.

This year’s event will include an opening recognition honoring Dr. King, naming of the 2021 event scholarship recipients, and a discussion around equity and inclusion work being done to support students at SPSCC. Professor powell will then share a message with time for Q&A before the event concludes. The community is invited to join in this free virtual event.

About john a. powell

john a. powell is Director of the Othering and Belonging Institute and Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He was previously the Executive Director at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University, and prior to that, the founder and director of the Institute for Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. john formerly served as the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He is a co-founder of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council and serves on the boards of several national and international organizations. john led the development of an “opportunity-based” model that connects affordable housing to education, health, health care, and employment and is well-known for his work developing the frameworks of “targeted universalism” and “othering and belonging” to effect equity-based  interventions. john has taught at numerous law schools including Harvard and Columbia University. His latest book is Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society.

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john a. powell is Director of the Othering and Belonging Institute and Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.