JCRC Speaker Series

In Conversation: CNN Commentator Bakari Sellers and Reverend Liz Walker of Roxbury Presbyterian Church

Bakari Sellers and Reverend Liz Walker will discuss their perspectives on the evolution of civil rights in America and reflect on the current moment. 
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Bakari Sellers is a New York Times Bestselling author and CNN political commentator. He made history in the 2006 South Carolina state legislature as the youngest African American elected official in the nation, at the age of 22. In 2014, he was the Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor in the state of South Carolina. Bakari has also worked for United States Congressman James Clyburn and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. In 2008 he served on President Obama’s South Carolina steering committee. His ability to “reach across the aisle to get things done” has led to numerous achievements including being named TIME Magazine’s 40 Under 40 and “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans in 2015, and HBCU Top 30 Under 30 in July 2014. Bakari spoke at the 2008 and 2016 Democratic National Convention.


Reverend Liz Walker is Roxbury Presbyterian Church’s senior pastor, since December 2011. Rev. Walker is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal tradition, a 2005 graduate of Harvard Divinity School, a veteran television journalist, and the first African-American weeknight news anchor in Boston.

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Past Webinars

Thursday, November 19, 2020 Post-Election Analysis: The Youth Vote

What was the youth voter turnout in the 2020 Presidential election? Why are equitable and high levels of voter participation difficult to achieve? Alan Solomont and Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg from the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University will share their expertise on youth voter engagement and what you can do to address systemic barriers to youth voting.

About Tisch College
Tisch College is a leading authority on youth and campus-based civic learning and engagement and its researchers produce cutting-edge research on youth civic engagement. civic engagement, leadership in social justice movement.

Wednesday, October 21 at 1pm - Admiral Ami Ayalon

Join JCRC Director of Israel Engagement Eli Cohn-Postell for a conversation with Admiral Ami Ayalon on his book FRIENDLY FIRE: How Israel Became Its Own Worst Enemy, and the Hope for Its Future. Admiral Ayalon is a former Flotilla 13 (Israel's navy SEALs) commando, commander of the navy, director of the Shin Bet security agency, cabinet minister, Knesset member and a recipient of the Medal of Valor, Israel's highest military decoration. With Sari Nusseibeh, he established the People's Voice peace initiative. He is a member of Commanders for Israel's Security, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Haifa Research Center for Maritime & Strategy and chairman of AKIM Israel (the National Association for children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities). He organized and was featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, The Gatekeepers. 

Tuesday, October 13 - Taking White Supremacy to Court: The Charlottesville Case

JCRC sponsored a program with Integrity First for America (IFA), a new organization that is literally taking white supremacy to court, by bringing a lawsuit against the masterminds of the violence in Charlottesville. Read more about the event in this blog post from Deputy Director Nahma Nadich. The event featured IFA Executive Director Amy Spitalnick and attorney Michael Bloch for a conversation with Pastor Jeremy Battle on this landmark case and the fight against white supremacy and violent extremism. Co-Sponsors: Facing History, ADL New England, AJC New England, JALSA, Keshet and Western Avenue Baptist Church.

Wednesday, September 30 - Panel Discussion on the Case for Ranked Choice Voting

A panel discussion on the case for Rank Choice Voting featuring leaders of the Yes on 2 campaign Evan Falchuk, Former candidate for Massachusetts Governor and Board Chair of the Yes On 2 campaign, and Tanisha M. Sullivan, Esq., President of the NAACP Boston Branch and Honorary Yes on 2 Campaign Co-Chair. Read more about the event in this blog post from Executive Director Jeremy Burton.