Race, Racial identity and Racism explored in Berkeley Civil-Rights Scholar’s new Book

john a. powell, the renowned theoretician, who has been thinking and writing on notions of race, racial identity and racism and analyzing policies in the area, has come up with new Book, “Racing to Justice,”. The Book is a new collection of essays by Powell, which reflect on his vision for the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Berkeley (which he’s chairing from earlier this year), and Race & Racism.

The Book, which sees the American promise of inclusive democracy, aspired to be  achieved in a post-racial society, still unfulfilled; is a collection of Powell’s decade of writing about social justice and spirituality.

About the Author:

john a. powell is an internationally recognized civil-rights scholar, has served as national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union and executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State. At Berkeley, he holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion and professorships in African American studies, ethnic studies and law, where he teaches an advanced civil rights course.

Powell’s parents were sharecroppers in the South before moving to Detroit. His Father worked at General Motors, his mother as a nurse. John was the sixth of nine children, he earned his undergraduate degree at Stanford and his law degree at Berkeley, and did a postgraduate human-rights fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He has two biological children, two stepchildren and a granddaughter.

About the Book:

Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society

by: john a. powell

Renowned social justice advocate john a. powell persuasively argues that we have not achieved a post-racial society and that there is much work to do to redeem the American promise of inclusive democracy. Culled from a decade of writing about social justice and spirituality, these meditations on race, identity, and social policy provide an outline for laying claim to our shared humanity and a way toward healing ourselves and securing our future. Racing to Justice challenges us to replace attitudes and institutions that promote and perpetuate social suffering with those that foster relationships and a way of being that transcends disconnection and separation.

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