This could have value for a potential session. I recently spoke on the Kerner Commission Report to students at the University of Delaware on an invitation from Deb Gump who directs the program there.

The professors and I devised these papers for the students before my visit. They updated  them to include how Black Lives Matter demonstrations are covered. I haven't seen the resultant papers but it would be interesting to talk about Kerner including what students know or don't know about it.  

What was interesting to me was that since contemporary history is not taught or understood, students couldn't put the elements of discrimination and racism around this discussion into context. As an older person, I did not share their frame of reference. I used terms many had not heard before.

De facto and de jure segregation, redlining, voter suppression, poll tax, grandfather clause, Great Migration. That is a tremendous challenge in preparing communicators.

1. Research coverage of a 1960s-era riot in their hometown, within a 100-mile radius or in their state. How did the local (state or national) media cover the story? Who reported it? How was the story framed? Also, if editorials were published what position did they take?

2. Look at  the basic recommendations of Kerner for media and assess how well or how poorly those recommendations have been implemented. 

3. Pick two newspapers and compare and contrast coverage of Bloody Sunday, the Montgomery bus boycott or passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

On Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 10:27 AM, Collins, Janice Marie <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I would love to join and also lead a panel if needed to discuss the Kerner Commission. The commission has been a part of some of my research and I think it would be nice to revisit the topic as to the questions of have things improved? We have evidence in the media and journalism that it really hasn't changed that much...we are still divided and we still report on the stereotypical....African Americans in sports, entertainment and crime. Please let me know if others are interested in this topic and a panel.

Thank you, 


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This is the 50th Anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report.  Are there any proposed panels that focus on this milestone?

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