A Community Conversation: The Power of Public Monuments in a Time of Racial Reckoning
August 24, 6:00 p.m.

Black Lives Matter has ignited public conversation about racial equity and justice. Public monuments have become lightning rods as people take issue with the messages some convey about who we are as a nation and a people.

As calls for the removal of public monuments intensify, what questions should we be asking of ourselves? What impact will today’s decisions have on our national memory, identity, and drive to shape a more just and equitable way forward?

Thank you for joining us for this timely conversation. Stream the event below.


Renée Ater
Associate Professor Emerita of American Art at University of Maryland and Visiting Professor, Brown University.

David W. Blight
Historian and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University.

Karen Holmes Ward
Moderator, WCVB Director of Public Affairs and Host of “CityLine.”


Michael Creasey
Superintendent, National Parks of Boston

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