The Eighth Annual CUNY Black Male Initiative BMI Conference

York College hosted the eighth annual CUNY Black Male Initiative Conference on Friday, October 4, 2013. With more than 1,000 students, faculty, and guests attending the daylong conference, the theme was Race, Law and Justice and featured morning and afternoon keynote lectures as well as panel discussions. This year’s conference was dedicated to exposing CUNY BMI members to the racial history of the struggle for equality and the manifestation of that ongoing struggle in contemporary American society.

The conference featured the following three (3) outstanding keynote speakers:

Juan Cartagena, one of the nation’s leading civil rights lawyers, President and General Counsel of Latino Justice/PRLDEF, and former Puerto Rican Legal Defense

Paul Butler, one of the nation’s leading critical race theorists and a professor at Georgetown University Law Center

Ron Daniels, the former leader of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a distinguished lecturer at York College/CUNY


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