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Welcome to the schedule for BBF 2016! Please note that with the exception of the following sessions (Life without Envy, The Art of Perspective, Writing with Risk, Sound Advice, and Lore), absolutely every session at the BBF is free, and no tickets or preregistration are required. Thanks, and enjoy your day!
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Saturday, October 15 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Injustice, Incarceration, Invisibility

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From shootings of unarmed black men to mass incarceration, this session will take on some urgent and divisive issues, including deep outrage over whether black lives really matter equally in our society. Join some of today’s smartest and most authentic voices for this important discussion. In Democracy in Black, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. argues that the black community remains in crisis as a result of the 2008 recession and that radical change is required to bridge the “value gap.” In From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime, Elizabeth Hinton traces the roots of the problem of mass incarceration to Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Shaka Senghor has firsthand experience: having served nineteen years in prison for murder, he is now an activist and author of Writing My Wrongs. Finally, Mychal Denzel Smith, in Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, tells what it was like to be a young black man coming of age during the Obama presidency. A no-holds-barred discussion moderated by Callie Crossley, host of Under the Radar on WGBH radio. Sponsored by G. Barrie Landry.

Moderators
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Callie Crossley

Callie Crossley is a broadcast journalist, media commentator, and radio and TV host at WGBH, where her latest show is Under the Radar with Callie Crossley. Crossley previously hosted and moderated on Boston Public Radio and hosted and executive produced The Callie Crossley Show, on which she interviewed prominent individuals involved in various professions, from politics to filmmaking. Crossley contributes to CNN, NPR, Fox 25 TV’s The... Read More →

Presenters
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Elizabeth Hinton

Elizabeth Hinton is an assistant professor in the Department History and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Hinton’s research focuses on the persistence of poverty and racial inequality in the twentieth-century United States. Her new book, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America, is, according to the New York Times, “more than an argument; it... Read More →
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Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies and chair of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. Glaude has appeared on the Tavis Smiley Show, Fox TV’s Hannity & Colmes Show, CNN, and C-SPAN. Along with Dr. Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson, he also appeared in the documentary Stand, produced and directed by Tavis Smiley. His first book, Exodus! Religion, Race... Read More →
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Shaka Senghor

Shaka Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform and the Director of Strategy for #Cut50, a national bipartisan initiative to safely and smartly reduce the prison population by 50 percent by 2025. Senghor’s 2014 TED Talk has been viewed more than 1.2 million times; TED featured his talk in its “Year in Ideas” roundup, a collection of the most powerful TED Talks of the year. Senghor is the recipient of numerous awards... Read More →
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Mychal Denzel Smith

Mychal Denzel Smith is a contributing writer at The Nation, a blogger at TheNation.com, and an Alfred Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute. He is also a freelance writer and social commentator who has appeared frequently on radio and television programs. His work on race, politics, social justice, pop culture, hip hop, mental health, feminism, and black male identity has appeared in various publications, including the Guardian, Ebony, Salon... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Trinity Sanctuary Copley Square, Boston, MA