WHC Cosponsors Visit by Professor Justin Hansford

The World History Center is pleased to be cosponsoring a series of events with Dr. Justin Hansford. Justin Hansford is Professor of Law at Howard University, Executive Director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center, and representative to the new United Nations Permanent Forum of People of African Descent (UNPFPAD). Hansford is a co-author of the forthcoming Seventh Edition of Race, Racism and American Law, and his legal scholarship informs his work to win a posthumous pardon for Marcus Garvey ("Black History Matters: Why President Obama Should Pardon Marcus Garvey," The Root). Professor Hansford’s visit to Pittsburgh is part of a “listening tour” he is making in preparation for the inaugural meeting of the UNPFPAD in early December. Please see the full schedule below. 


Friday, November 18, 12:00-1:30PM, Using the Human Rights Framework for Racial Justice: A Conversation with Justin Hansford. Frick Fine Arts Auditorium; Livestream at Facebook.Com/1HoodMedia and Youtube.com/1HoodMedia

View the event poster. 

After Michael Brown’s murder in Ferguson, Missouri, Justin Hansford helped Brown family members bring their appeal for justice to the United Nations (Ferguson to Geneva: Using the Human Rights Framework to Push Forward a Vision for Racial Justice in the United States). This conversation brings together Black community leaders, advocates, and educators to discuss this effort and understand how Professor Hansford views social movements and the law means of social transformation.


Dr. Rashad Williams, Assistant Professor of Race and Social Justice in Pulbic Policy, University of Pittsburgh (Host)   

Tiffany Williams Roberts, Director of Public Policy Unit, Southern Center for Human Rights  (Atlanta) & Steering Committee member, U.S. Human Rights Cities Alliance                                       

Randall Taylor, Penn Plaza Support and Action Coalition and Pitt World History Center Community Fellow

This event is cosponsored by University Human Rights Working Group;  University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs; Global Studies Center; World History Center; School of Education; Center for Civil Rights and Racial Justice; Schools of Health Sciences Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Departments of Africana Studies, English, Political Science, and Sociology; Center for Race and Social Problems.

Friday, November 18, 3:30-5:00PM, Coffee and Conversation with Pitt faculty. 4130 Posvar Hall. Please Register Here. 

Professor Justin Hansford will meet with Pitt faculty to discuss how we can lift up the work of the Permanent Forum and integrate it into the academy (curriculum, programming development). and the community (outreach and engagement). Open to any interested faculty.

In addition, we will discuss with Hansford a Pittsburgh-focused report using the SDG framework as a lens to analyze racial disparities and injustices in Pittsburgh and southwestern PA. We’ll be seeking data and partners for this project, in support of Hansford’s visit to Geneva in December. 

Saturday, November 19, 11:00AM-2:00PM, Taking Back our Human Rights: Shaping Black Pittsburgh’s Appeal to the World. Obama (Peabody) Academy 515 N Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. View the event poster. 

Members of the Black communities from across Southwestern Pennsylvania are invited to join this networking lunch with Justin Hansford (Howard University Law Professor, Director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center, and the Representative on the UN Permanent Forum on People of African Descent). The purpose of the discussion will be to develop solutions advancing human rights for People of African Descent in Pittsburgh. We’ll build a plan of action for this region and a future that prioritizes the concerns of Black people. 

Schedule of Events

11:15a | Registration & Networking Lunch
12:00p | Introductions & Charge
12:15p | Working Group Sessions
01:45p | Reconvening

Register for this event at Taking Back Our Human Rights Tickets 

Organizing committee: Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance with 1Hood Media; Alliance for Police Accountability; Black Women's Policy Center; Center for Family Excellence; The Global Switchboard and All for All; Gwen’s Girls and the Black Girls Equity Alliance; Hill District Consensus Group; New Voices for Reproductive Justice; Penn Plaza Support and Action Coalition; Pittsburgh Black Equity Coalition; Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations; Pittsburgh Public Schools, Equity; University Human Rights Working Group; UrbanKind Institute; West End P.O.W.E.R.