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From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century

January 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us Thursday, January 14 at 7:00 PM on Zoom as authors and scholars A Kirsten Mullen and William Darity, Jr. discuss their book From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century. This program will be moderated by Dr. Derrick Darby.

Registration is required.

This event is co-sponsored by Bergenfield Public Library, Englewood Public Library, Fort Lee Public Library, Johnson Public Library, and Teaneck Public Library.

A. Kirsten Mullen (right) is a folklorist and the founder of Artefactual, an arts-consulting practice, and Carolina Circuit Writers, a literary consortium that brings expressive writers of color to the Carolinas. She was a member of the Freelon Adjaye Bond concept development team that was awarded the Smithsonian Institution’s commission to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Under the auspices of the North Carolina Arts Council she worked to expand the Coastal Folklife Survey. As a faculty member with the Community Folklife Documentation Institute, she trained students to research and document the state’s African American music heritage. Kirsten was a consultant on the North Carolina Museum of History’s “North Carolina Legends” and “Civil Rights” exhibition projects. Her writing can be found in museum catalogs and journals, and in commercial media—and includes “Black Culture and History Matter” (The American Prospect), which examines the politics of funding black cultural institutions. She is co-author with William Darity of the forthcoming book, From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-first Century (University of North Carolina Press).

William A. (“Sandy”) Darity Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. He has served as chair of the Department of African and African American Studies and was the founding director of the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality at Duke. Darity’s research focuses on inequality by race, class and ethnicity, stratification economics, schooling and the racial achievement gap, North-South theories of trade and development, skin shade and labor market outcomes, the economics of reparations, the Atlantic slave trade and the Industrial Revolution, the history of economics, and the social psychological effects of exposure to unemployment. His most recent book, coauthored with A. Kirsten Mullen, is From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century (2020).

Dr. Derrick Darby is a Henry Rutgers professor of philosophy. He holds a B. A. from Colgate and a Ph.D. from Pittsburgh. He is the founding director of the Rutgers Social Justice Solutions Research Collaboratory and also directs its renowned Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy. Dr. Darby discovered his passion for philosophy growing up in the Queensbridge public housing projects in Long Island City, NY. For the backstory see his TEDx talk, aptly titled “Doing the Knowledge.” In social and political philosophy, he writes about rights, inequality, and democracy. He thinks about how race and racism bear on theoretical, normative and practical philosophical questions. His books include: Hip Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme to Reason (Open Court, 2005) with Tommie Shelby; Rights, Race, and Recognition (Cambridge, 2009); and The Color of Mind: Why the Origins of the Achievement Gap Matter for Justice with John L. Rury (Chicago, 2018). His scholarship has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Dr. Darby is currently writing about W. E. B. Du Bois’s democratic theory and how it bears on questions of social, economic, and global justice. He is completing a book on 20th century black radical political thought with Dr. Christian Davenport. It has chapters on W. E. B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Claudia Jones, Martin Luther King, Jr., Imari Obadele, and Angela Davis. And he is writing about democracy and social identities with his former student Dr. Eduardo Martinez.


January 14
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm