Race + Justice: Charlotte

October 17, 2017
Charlotte, NC

While the 2016 shooting of Keith Lamont Scott gained national attention, the city of Charlotte and the state of North Carolina have long grappled with issues of racism and inequality in the criminal justice system, and in related institutions, from schools to the voting booth.

Taking into account the political, historical and demographic currents that shape the story of race in America—and in Charlotte—The Atlantic  posed the question: What would “liberty and justice for all” actually look like in Charlotte?

This event is the third in The Atlantic's annual Race and Justice Summit series, which explores racial disparities in justice and access across the country.

Watch full event videos

Booth Playhouse at Founders Hall
130 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Presented by

Atlantic Live



Note: All times are ET

  • Tuesday, October 17
  • 9:00 a.m.WelcomeMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
    Andrew Plepler, Global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance, Bank  of America
  • 9:05 a.m.Confronting History: Monuments and the ConfederacyBree Newsome, Artist and Human Rights Activist
    With Vann Newkirk II, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
  • 9:30 a.m.Race and Justice in Mecklenburg CountyKevin Tully, Public Defender, Mecklenburg County
    Robyn Withrow, Assistant District Attorney, Mecklenburg County
    Chief District Judge Regan Miller
    Robert Dawkins, State Organizer, SAFE Coalition NC
    Marcus Kirkman Sr.,Life & Wellness Coach, DASH Mentoring
    With Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 10:20 a.m.The Power of ArtAnnabel Manning, Resident Teaching Artist, Jail Arts Initiative
    With Adrienne Green, Assistant Editor, The Atlantic
  • 10:35 a.m.The Police and the CommunityKerr Putney, Chief of Police, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
    With Vann Newkirk II, The Atlantic
  • 11:00 a.m.Reforming Juvenile Justice: What’s Next?Louis Trosch, District Court Judge, 26th Judicial Circuit; Co-Chair, Race Matters for Juvenile Justice
    Ricky Watson, Co-Director, Youth Justice Project of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice
    Eric Zogry,
    North Carolina State Juvenile Defender, Office of Indigent Defense Services
    With Adrienne Green, Assistant Editor, The Atlantic
  • 11:30 a.m.Creating a More Equitable CharlotteBrenda Tindal, Historian, Levine Museum of the New South
    James Ford, Program Director, Public School Forum; Co-Chair, Leading on Opportunity
    Oliver Merino, Community Advocate, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy
    Lee Cochran, Senior Vice President, Laurel Street
    With Ron Brownstein, The Atlantic
  • 12:15 p.m.Closing Thoughts Margaret Low, AtlanticLIVE


Also in This Series

  • Race, Justice & Equity

    We’ll explore how to reform, and possibly rebuild, a criminal justice system that has for too long been based on racial inequities.

  • Politics

    Race + Justice: Pittsburgh

    When it comes to criminal justice reform, Pittsburgh is at a crossroads.

  • Race + Justice
    Roundtable Conversations

    As part of the Race + Justice series, The Atlantic has convened roundtable dinners in nine cities with policymakers, community members and the news media. At each gathering, a senior Atlantic journalist guides an in-depth, on-the-record conversation on the state of justice in the local community.

Upcoming Events