Panel: ‘The Impact of Slavery on American Jurisprudence and Activism’


The Impact of Slavery on American Jurisprudence and Activism

“The Impact of Slavery on American Jurisprudence and Activism” was a panel presented by the Equal Justice Society on February 21, 2019, at the Judge Thelton Henderson Ceremonial Courtroom, in the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco.

An MCLE self-study course is available based on audio from the panel.

The panel was part of the Equal Justice Society’s Remembering 1619 year-long observance of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans in what would become the United States.

The panelists included.

In the 400 years that Africans have been here, their history has been full of struggle, resistance, and the achievement of excellence despite all the barriers erected.

This panel explored lawsuits brought by enslaved people, rebellions against the cruelty that was a feature of slavery, activism challenging Jim Crow, changes in American jurisprudence that flowed from their quest for “equal Justice under law,” and how the efforts of African Americans shaped the activism of other groups in our country.

Racism is still a vibrant and toxic part of our country. Panelists explored its origins as well as ways we can minimize its impact.

Photos of the event by Bob Hsiang.