Civil Rights Symposium Schedule

Civil Rights Symposium Graphic

10:00 a.m.


Anders Walker
Co-Director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law

Location: John K. Pruellage Courtroom

10:10 a.m.


Stephen F. Hanlon

Location: John K. Pruellage Courtroom

10:30 a.m.

Urban Development Panel

Most St. Louisans are familiar with the “Delmar Divide,” but how did it come to be that way? This panel will explain the historical framework that led to the stark division of our city through redlining, restrictive covenants, and the allocation of community development funds. With North St. Louis poised for radical redevelopment in the coming years, this will be a timely exploration of the ways that discrimination can impact the physical landscape of a city and how that affects its residents.   


Joseph Wilson
President, Sustainability and Urban Development Student Group

Michael R. Allen
Director and Architectural Historian
Preservation Research Office

Peter Salsich
Saint Louis University School of Law

Location: John K. Pruellage Courtroom

11:30 a.m.

Break (Option to purchase boxed lunches from Docket)


Keynote speakers

Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson
Daughters of Oliver L. Brown, lead plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education

Location: 12th Floor Pavilion

1:30 p.m.

Education Panel

This panel will take a look at public education in St. Louis particularly the ways in which education disparities perpetuate social inequalities and foster the school to prison pipeline.

Lauren Arend
Assistant Professor
SLU College of Education and Public Service

Charli Cooksey
Executive Director

Barrett Taylor
Assistant Principal
Saint Louis Public Schools


Aaron N. Taylor
Assistant Professor
Saint Louis School of Law

Location: John K. Pruellage Courtroom

2:30 p.m.

Criminal Justice Panel

50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, inequalities that persist in our criminal justice system that has led to a disproportionate number of people of color in prison or disenfranchised. This panel will explore issues like police targeting and profiling, disparities in the rates of arrests and the application of sentencing guidelines, and whether these aspects of the criminal justice system are dismantling the rights guaranteed by Civil Rights Act for minority populations. 

Ashley Nellis
Senior Research Analyst
The Sentencing Project

Antonio French 
Ward 21 Alderman
Saint Louis City


Susan McGraugh
Associate Professor
Supervisor, Criminal Defense Clinic

Location: John K. Pruellage Courtroom

3:30 p.m.


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