The ongoing national reckoning with issues of racial justice has made the issue a central theme in the 2020 presidential campaign. This program will examine the deep history of presidential leadership and race and will explore the following questions: What lessons might the policies and rhetoric of past presidents and administrations hold for our understanding of the challenges of the present moment? How does the current administration's policies on civil rights and racial justice compare with the record of past administrations? Might we regard the Trump administration's approach to issues of race as without precedent?
The discussion will feature Russell Riley, co-chair of the Miller Center's Presidential Oral History Project, and Kevin Gaines, the Julian Bond Professor of Civil Rights and Social Justice at UVA and a Miller Center senior fellow. It will be moderated by Risa Goluboff, dean of UVA's School of Law and author of "Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s."