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Prospects For Black America: The Moynihan Report Turns 50

Tuesday May 2015

In 1965, Daniel Patrick Moynihan released his landmark study, The Negro Family: The Case for National Action, as President Lyndon B. Johnson rolled out his anti-poverty initiatives. Fifty years later, the noble goals that inspired such efforts have eluded too many African-Americans.

By exploring broad trends in education, social welfare, and criminal justice, this special Manhattan Institute symposium will aim to shape the national conversation—intensified by recent tragedies in North Charleston, SC, and Ferguson, MO—on how best to ensure opportunity and equity for all Americans. Please join us as distinguished journalists, public intellectuals, policy experts, and political leaders discuss the past, present, and future of America's black community.

Event participants included Manhattan Institute's Jason L. Riley, Heather Mac Donald, Kay Hymowitz, and many others.

Panel I: Reducing Crime Rates in the Black Community

Heather Mac Donald, Thomas W. Smith Fellow, Manhattan Institute; John McWhorter, Contributing Editor, City Journal, Professor of American Studies, Columbia University
Moderator: The Honorable Judge William Kuntz, Eastern District of N.Y.

Panel II: A Path Forward on Education Reform

Craig Frisby, Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Missouri; Kevin Chavous, Executive Counsel, American Federation of Children
Moderator: Hugh Price, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Panel III: Restoring the Family

Ron Haskins, Co-Director, Center on Children and Families, Brookings Institution; Bob Woodson, President, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise; Glenn Loury, Professor of Economics, Brown University
Moderator: Kay Hymowitz, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

Concluding Discussion:

Jason Riley, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; Columnist, The Wall Street Journal; Juan Williams, Fox News Contributor