Current events have thrust race relations in America, specifically between African Americans and law enforcement, into the spotlight. During this roundtable discussion, five panelists plus a moderator will discuss the role(s) that race currently plays in our community and trace these roles back to the time of plantations and slavery. Panelists will take a close look at cases involving minority communities and the police throughout history, address legal questions and shed insight as to how grand juries work. The panelists include Charles Branham, a historian with the University of Chicago Laboratory School; Theresa Haley, president of the NAACP’s Springfield chapter; Judith Johnson, member of the Springfield school board and past NAACP president; Sangamon County state’s attorney, John Milhiser and J. Steve Beckett, director of trial advocacy, University of Illinois College of Law, serving as moderator. Audience members will have the opportunity to participate as well by asking questions and sharing their own thoughts. The event is free, but preregistration is encouraged so that adequate space can be made available. Preregister online at or by calling 558-8934.

Race, Courts and Community Police Relations
Jan 27, 6:30-8pm Tue
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 N. Sixth St.

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