Explaining the Dream

July 25, 2020
Alan Jenkins

Alan Jenkins, Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School, joins host Sushma Raman to discuss the importance of communication as it intersects with matters of race, the law, and social justice. 

In our latest episode of Justice Matters, Alan Jenkins discusses why the human rights agenda requires strategic communication, especially amidst a landscape where narrowcasting is overcoming the world of broadcast. 

"There's a reason why Martin Luther King Jr.'s greatest speech was not called 'I Have a Complaint,' and that's because he understood you had to explain to people what the dream is. And then talk about how we're falling short and what we can do about it."

 

 

Alan Jenkins is a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School where he teaches courses on Race and the Law, Communication, and Social Justice. Before joining the Law School faculty, he was President and Co-Founder of The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communication lab dedicated to the idea that our nation can and should be a place where everyone enjoys full and equal opportunity.

Jenkins’s prior positions have included Director of Human Rights at the Ford Foundation, where he managed grantmaking in the United States and eleven overseas regions; Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the United States government in constitutional and other litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court; and Associate Counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where he defended the rights of low-income communities facing exploitation and discrimination. He previously served as a Law Clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun and to U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Carter.

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