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The recent election of Kamala Harris as the first African American female vice president points to a new period in the long and rich tradition of African American political history. Today’s panel, The History of Black Politics: A Long Road—The Black Political Tradition, is a moderated discussion hosted by Spencer Overton, lawyer and president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Overton will be joined by an impressive panel of legislative leaders including U.S. Representatives James Clyburn and Eleanor Holmes-Norton, former Speaker of the California State Assembly Willie L. Brown and Congresswoman Maxine Waters. We will also hear from Charles Henry and Lorenzo Morris as commentators. The discussion also features a Q&A session with questions from The HistoryMakers PoliticalMakers Advisory Committee. After an unprecedented election cycle and a year like no other, be sure to tune in for this important discussion on the past of black politics, and the future that lies ahead.

This 90-minute program is scheduled to stream on YouTube at 12:00 noon EST on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 as the sixteenth installment of The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights Convening and Celebration.

Advisory Board

The Honorable Harriet Elam-Thomas Former U.S. Ambassador
The Honorable Harriet Elam-Thomas
U.S. Ambassador 
Charles P. Henry Professor Emeritus, African American Studies -University of California, Berkeley
Charles P. Henry
Professor Emeritus
African American Studies
University of California, Berkeley
Minyon Moore Principal, Dewey Square Group
Minyon Moore
Dewey Square Group
Lorenzo Morris Professor, Political Science -Harvard University
Lorenzo Morris
Professor Political Science
Howard University 


Date and Time

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

12 noon EST/ 11 a.m. CST/ 10 a.m. MST/ 9 a.m. PST

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