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By Richard LeComte

John Dalton: “Community Remembrance: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Injustice in America”

Thursday, March 3, 2022 - 4:00pm
Young Library Auditorium (Room 1-62)

The Documenting Racial Violence in Kentucky (DRVK) project of the Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies will be hosting Mr. John Dalton from the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) on Thursday March 3rd at 4:00 pm in the Young Library Auditorium (room 1-62).  Mr. John Dalton has a B.A. in Political Science, History, and Religion from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, is a 2009 Stanford Law School graduate, and is currently a Senior Attorney for EJIThe EJI is a program, “committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.”  DRVK’s aim is to collect biographies to memorialize victims of lynching in Kentucky from the end of the Civil War to the mid-twentieth century.  The talk, “Community Remembrance: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Injustice in America,” will build upon the work of the DRVK and EJI. 

The talk is sponsored by the Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies, African American & Africana Studies,
the Gaines Center, the University of Kentucky History Department, the University of Kentucky Geography Department, and the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law.  



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