Reflections on the Kerner Report: Race and Inequality in the 1960s

In the aftermath of the 1967 urban ‘riots’, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission after its chair, Governor Otto Kerner, Jr. of Illinois. The 11-member commission examined the conditions of the cities that led to the turmoil and made recommendations addressing the underlying causes. The Commission’s report, released on February 29, 1968, marks a pivotal moment in the changing dynamics of U.S. cities and of critical analysis of the role of race as a division in America.

Dr. Jane Rhodes, Professor, African American Studies

Dr. Cedric Johnson, Associate Professor, African American Studies

Dr. Amanda Lewis, Director, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and Professor, African American Studies