Investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones will deliver the 2019 Constitution Day address, titled "Separate and Unequal: Considering Modern Day Segregation and the American Constitution."
Ms. Hannah-Jones, a Waterloo native, covers racial injustice for the New York Times Magazine and has spent years chronicling the way official policy has created—and maintains—racial segregation in housing and schools. Her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America offer a compelling case for greater equity. She has written extensively on the history of racism, school resegregation, and the disarray of hundreds of desegregation orders, as well as the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act. She is currently writing a book on school segregation called The Problem We All Live With, to be published on the One World imprint of Penguin/Random House. In 2017 she was named a McArthur Genius Grant Fellow.
This promises to be an engaging event that challenges us to consider whether we are living up to our constitutional commitment to equal protection of the laws. We hope it will spark meaningful conversations on campus and in the Cedar Falls-Waterloo community.
Sponsored by the American Democracy Project, Office of the Provost and Office of the President