In 1968, the Kerner Commission found that: “our nation is moving towards two societies: one black, one white- separate and unequal” and that “what the white Americans have never fully understood – but what the Negro can never forget – is that white society is deeply implicated in the ghetto. White institutions created it, and white institutions maintain it, and white society condones it.”
It was these words 50 years ago that inspired Horace Seldon to shift his life’s work at that time to working on the country’s “white problem” and thus Community Change Inc. was born.
Our work is far from over; in fact we know that from the recent review of the Kerner Commission report that what change that has occurred has been incremental at best, and indicators are even worse than before in some areas. Yet in this moment, there is no denying that looking at white supremacy as the root cause for much of what ails this country is no longer whispered and constrained to a few radicals. CCI has been creating the space and the tools for a half-century to address the white problem and this year we are celebrating our 50th anniversary.
We invite you to join us as we look back on 50 years of Community Change Inc. and we honor our past as well as look forward to our future, knowing that moving forward, we are standing on the shoulders of giants.
It will be a night of celebration and remembrance with specials guests Tim Wise and Tarana Burke (of #MeToo) who will be joining us as our keynotes for this celebration.
Mark your calendars now! Tickets will go on sale shortly.
If you are interested in being a part of this year’s historic host committee or event sponsorship, contact Shay directly at firstname.lastname@example.org