Joint Center President Joins 94th Annual National Bar Convention Presidential Showcase on Civil Rights and Economic Empowerment

On July 22, Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined the 94th Annual National Bar Convention Presidential Showcase on Civil Rights and Economic Empowerment with National Bar Association President Joseph Drayton, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Director Kristen Clark, and National Urban League Marc Morial.

Al Sharpton moderated the conversation and Jesse Jackson provided a special presentation.

During the discussion, Spencer spoke about the future of work for African Americans and cited findings from our report Race & Jobs at High Risk to Automation, where we shared that 27 percent of African American workers are concentrated in 30 occupations at high-risk to automation (e.g., retail sales, cashiers, secretaries, cooks, drivers, and others). He also recommended support for Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC)’s 10/20/30 formula to “fight persistent poverty.”

See a photo from the event below.

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