Jelani Cobb announced as newest T1W 2021 plenary speaker

The New Yorker writer to speak at the 2021 Toward One Wisconsin Conference

Jelani_Cobb.pngToward One Wisconsin Conference
Conference Theme: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges
October 12-13, 2021
The Lismore Hotel
Eau Claire, WI

The Toward One Wisconsin Conference is excited to announce Jelani Cobb as our newest plenary speaker.

Jelani Cobb is a New Yorker staff writer, FRONTLINE correspondent, and Columbia University’s Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism. Cobb’s writing on race, history, justice, and politics earned him the Hillman Prize of opinion and analysis journalism.

Cobb is featured prominently in Ava DuVernay’s 13th, the Oscar-nominated documentary about mass incarceration of black Americans and the Thirteenth Amendment.

Cobb recently edited and wrote a new introduction for The Kerner Commission—a historic study of American racism and police violence—contextualizing it for a new generation. The original report was a dramatic and shocking government document exploring more than a dozen urban uprisings between 1964 and 1967, and released one month before Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

He has authored Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic, and The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays.

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