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Black Women, Electoral Politics, and the Future of American Democracy

Monday, October 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

Across America, Black women are engineering campaigns, building relationships, and changing the terms of the debate on who deserves to govern and how democracy is interpreted. With increasingly more Black women engaging in civic and electoral policy by running for office, forming campaign teams to get behind Black candidates, or showing up at the ballot, a new political era is emerging; one that both highlights the pernicious contradictions in law and policy that impact America's most vulnerable communities and gives us clear direction on how to meet the needs of more people. Join The New School in a conversation about Black women, electoral politics, and the future of American democracy.

Confirmed participants include:

  • Deva Woodly, Assistant Professor of Black Lives Matter and the Democratic Necessity of Social Movements
  • Shanelle Matthews, inaugural Activist-in-Residence at The New School for Social Research, Director of Communications for the Black Lives Matter Global Network and founder of Channel Black 
  • Jessica Byrd, Principle Three Point Strategies and co-chair of the Movement for Black Lives Electoral Justice Table
  • Tishaura Jones, Treasurer of the City of St. Louis, former candidate for Mayor of St. Louis and former Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives
  • Charlene Carruthers, National Director of BYP100

Presented by The New School for Social Research. 

Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Humanity, Society, Social Justice, Politics, Policy and Government


The New School for Social Research, University


Politics, Race and Ethnicity


Free; No Registration required

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