Education in America: Race, Implicit Bias, and Protecting our Children


EJI is pleased to release this complete video of Education in America: Race, Implicit Bias, and Protecting Our Children which was recorded during our Peace and Justice Summit in Montgomery, Alabama, on April 27.

Three of the nation’s leading experts on education reform discussed racial literacy, implicit bias, and rethinking how we educate children, especially children of color. Dr. Howard Stevenson from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education is a leading voice on racial literacy and educational reform, who moderated the discussion with Dr. Walter Gilliam from Yale University, one of the nation’s leading thinkers on implicit bias and child development, and Dr. Margaret Beale Spencer, chair of the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago and an expert in resiliency, identity, and competence formation processes for youth. Introduced by the Honorable Vanzetta Penn McPherson, these professors share important insights on the future of education and teaching children burdened by our history of racial inequality.

The two-day summit accompanied the grand opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, and featured talks, music, and panel discussions with national leaders.  A sampling of the summit reveals the broad range of presenters and performers who participated in two days of programming.

In response to growing demand, EJI is bringing these programs to a global audience by making the video recordings available online. The first release features a stirring speech delivered by Rev. William Barber on the first day of the summit.

Please check back at for additional videos from the Peace and Justice Summit that will be released in the coming weeks.