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Georgetown Community Continues Quest for Racial Justice

Members of the Georgetown community seek racial justice in a wide variety of ways – teaching, research, artistic expression, advocacy and activism. By convening conversations and supporting research, the university calls attention to disparities in health, income, housing and more, while exploring the systematic racism, diasporas, migrations and social structures that continue to impact the lives of people of color.

View of a building and street signs that say Black Lives Matter plaza and 16th Street
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Racial Justice Dialogue in Wake of Recent Police Brutality

The recent killings of George Floyd and countless other unarmed black people has spurred university teach-ins and forums with faculty and national experts, faith leaders and others who support the fight for racial justice.

A mural painting of George Floyd.

Georgetown Law holds a series of panel discussions on rethinking policing in the wake of George Floyd’s May 25 death.

John Lewis stands at a lectern speaking into a microphone while wearing academic regalia.

U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) spent his life fighting for racial justice and equality. As funeral arrangements for the civil rights icon and longtime Congress member solidify, Georgetown community members…

Rahma Maccarone stands with arms folded with an empty classroom in the background.

Rahma Maccarone (G’23), a Patrick Healy Graduate Fellow pursuing her Ph.D. in Spanish literature and cultural studies, uncovers the stories of enslaved Muslims in the Americas.

Three little girls run outside.

A study by Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality finds that adults view black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than white girls, especially in the age range…

Marcia Chatelain

Exploring Generators of Black Wealth

History professor Marcia Chatelain delves into the impact of fast food companies on black communities.

“The gentrification of what was once ‘Chocolate City’ has led not only to an affordable housing crisis, but also the forced displacement and criminalization of many black Washingtonians.”

“I don’t know how to make work that is not centered on the observation and frustrations around injustice and racism … I think my calling is to make space and form for meaning and truth to be less invisible and to participate in the poetry of the world.”

“We talk about cura personalis. We talk about being men and women for others. So we want to make sure that as we go about our daily roles within the university that these perspectives and values are at the forefront for what we do.”

Representation Matters

Josiah Laney wearing a Georgetown track and field T-shirt

Patrick Healy Scholarship recipient and varsity track athlete Josiah Laney (SFS’21) hopes to use his degree in international politics to better understand the impacts of foreign policy on low-income communities…

Jamil Scott stands in an empty classroom.

Jamil Scott, assistant professor of government, says the 2018 midterm election brought a number of firsts for women of color, as well as trends in how these women sought office.

A Testimonial

Reginald Douglas

“As a curator of culture, I get to put people who look like me in the canon, and I have a chance to change the culture in a way that all these great artists who came before me did.”

Juneteenth Graphic with a blue background.
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Honoring Juneteenth

Georgetown honors June 19, known as Juneteenth, to commemorate emancipation and the end of slavery in the United States while also recognizing the struggle – historically and in our current moment.

Prison Justice and Reform

Marc Howard

Georgetown launches a new interdisciplinary initiative that brings together leading scholars, practitioners and students to examine the problems surrounding mass incarceration in the United States.

Luke Frederick

Luke Frederick (G’22) researches the link among slave traders, law enforcement and the mass incarceration of African Americans from a 19th-century to present-day perspective.

More than 150 descendants of the 272 enslaved individuals by the Maryland Jesuits.
President John J. DeGioia shakes hands with GU 272 descendant Johnny Harris in Louisiana
A sign reads
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Working to Reconcile Historical Ties to Slavery

Georgetown continues to explore its historical ties to slavery. The Society of Jesus’ Maryland Province sold more than 270 enslaved individuals in 1838 for the benefit of Georgetown. In 2017, their descendants came to campus and witnessed an apology and renaming of a building in memory of their ancestors.

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Resources for Educating, Coping and Activism

Georgetown’s Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service compiles a list of resources to combat racism, that provide mental health services and support ways to uplift voices and content centered around Blackness.