Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017

Keynote Speaker john a. powell Delivers a Memorable Speech

At the Community Action Partnership's 2017 Annual Conference on Wednesday, August 30, keynote speaker john a. powell spoke about the Relationship Between Race and Poverty in the Time of Othering.  Professor powell's engaging and powerful speech elicited a standing ovation from the crowd of 1200 conference attendees who were on hand for the opening ceremony. 

john a. powell is a Professor of Law at UC Berkley, a Professor of African American and Ethnic Studies, and the Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, which brings together researchers and scholars, community partners, strategic communicators, and policymakers to identify and eliminate the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society and to create transformative change toward a more equitable world.  Professor powell also holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor's Chair in Equity and Inclusion.

Professor powell is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties and a wide range of issues including race, structural racialization, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy.

Today, Professor Powell talked about the concept of "othering." He said some people in society unconsciously categorize others and view them differently, seeing them as "less than" or "not as important."  Professor powell explained that this is the case for persons who live in poverty. They are often viewed differently and treated as "less than".  Professor powell went on to explain that "Poverty is about not belonging." He said, " We must tell stories that recognize one another's humanity."

After his moving and powerful speech, Professor powell signed 47 books and took selfies with attendees in the lobby outside the Grand Ballroom.   He also held a mini-general session on the topic of "othering."

Professor powell writes and speaks extensively on a number of issues related to racial justice, poverty, opportunity-based housing, voting rights, racial and ethnic identity, spirituality and social justice, and the needs of citizens in a democratic society.

To learn more about Professor powell, or to order one of his books, please visit his website.

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