The Supreme Court just handed down decisions on voting rights, affirmative action and marriage equality—rulings that will have a profound impact on the future of all Americans.

In the wake of these decisions, we bring together leading figures from the civil rights and social justice movements, policymakers, business leaders, artists and activists to explore the next frontlines of the civil rights movement. How can we galvanize a new generation of Americans around persistent and emerging civil rights issues? How do we address race-based inequity in a society that some describe as “post-racial”? Fifty years after the March on Washington, are we prepared for the next wave of social change?

Explore highlights from the day on our Storify page.


On July 17, we held the first in a series of gathering to mark the 50h anniversary of the civil rights movement and look to the road ahead. Scroll down for more videos from the event.

About the Event

A Special Performance: VyHigginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir

Welcome and Introduction
Luis A. Ubinas President, Ford Foundation
Maya L. Harris, Vice President, Democracy, Rights and Justice, Ford Foundation

Bending the Arc: The Supreme Court's Role in Shaping Civil Rights
Jeffrey Toobin (Moderator) Journalist, The New Yorker and CNN
Sherrllyn Ifill President and Director Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Nina Perales Vice President of Litigation Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Nina Totenberg Legal Affairs Correspondent, NPR
Evan Wolfson Founder and President, Freedom to Marry

What We Talk About When We Talk About Civil Rights
Maria Hinojosa Host, NPR's Latino USA
Charles M. Blow Columnist, The New York Times
Alexis McGill Johnson Executive Director, American Values Institute
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez Co-Director, GetEQUAL
Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative

Lunch Conversation: Looking Back to Move Forward
Bryonn Bain (Moderator) Activist, Poet and Performer
Harry Belafonte Actor, Singer and Activist
Dolores Huerta Co-Founder, United Farm Workers

The Future Isn't What It Used To Be
Laura Flanders (Moderator) Host, "The Laura Flanders Show"
Michael Brune Executive Director, Sierra Club
Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director, NETWORK
Ai-Jen Poo, Co-Director, Caring Across Generations
Rashad Robinson Executive Director, ColorOfChange


Follow the conversation at #courtingchange

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