PRESS ADVISORY: Join a discussion on race, racism and the American media at the conference co-hosted by Media 2070, the University of Houston Law Center and Georgetown Law


WASHINGTON — You are invited to join us at Race, Racism, and the American Media, a two-day conference co-hosted by Free Press’s Media 2070 initiative, the University of Houston Law Center and Georgetown Law. During this virtual gathering, we will explore historic and contemporary racial discrimination across all media and discuss how government policies have excluded Black people – and other communities of color – from control of the communications infrastructure of the country.

The conference will also feature discussions on media repairs and other actions needed to repair the damage caused by a media system that perpetuates and profits from the myth of black inferiority.

The February 25-26 conference will bring together activists, officials, academics and other experts, including Representative Sheila Jackson Leeold FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburnfounder of MediaJustice Malkia Devitch Cyril, Cathy Hughes of Urban One, Inc., Anthony Haywood from the Annenberg School of Communication, professor at UCLA and MacArthur Scholar Safia Noble, Joseph Torres of Free Press and Media 2070, and many more. (See the current list of participants here.)

What: Race, Racism & American Media: a two-day virtual conference
When: Friday, February 25 through Saturday, February 26, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET daily. You are invited to attend all or part of the conference.
RSVP: Please register to attend the event. (The virtual sessions will allow journalists and others to pose questions to attendees.)

The Media 2070 project and essay, which calls for media reparations, inspired the idea for the conference.

Day one of Race, Racism & American Media will examine the history of racism in our media system and include a presentation from the Media 2070 team on the critical need for redress. Free Press’s Media 2070 project calls for actions that will reconcile and repair the wrongs that media institutions and government policies have inflicted on the black community. As part of that effort, Media 2070 and more than 100 allied organizations and leaders joined 25 members of Congress last year in calling on the FCC to conduct a racial equity audit of its historical and current policies and their impact on the media landscape. .

The first day will end with a presentation by Rep. Jackson Lee, who is the sponsor of HR 40, which calls for the creation of a commission to develop reparations proposals for the black community.

The second day of the conference will include panel presentations by professors who study racism and the American media system.

We hope to see you there! Click here to RSVP.


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