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Understanding the implications of structural racism in America’s economy and advancing actions to improve economic outcomes for all

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all 12 District Banks of the Federal Reserve System

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Series overview

Racism forms the foundation of inequality in our society, and it threatens our economy and limits economic opportunity for people of color. All 12 District Banks of the Federal Reserve System are partnering to highlight the implications of racism in the United States and identify solutions.

The Reserve Banks will host a series of virtual events to examine the ways in which structural racism manifests in America and advance actions to dismantle structural racism.

January Event


Focus on Education

Focusing on structural racism in our education system and its impact on economic outcomes for all Americans. Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children’s Zone is the keynote speaker.

“I don't see how we stay a great country if we continue to allow the majority of our children to not be able to get a quality education”
—Geoffrey Canada (Harlem Children’s Zone), keynote

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We will continue the conversation with subsequent live events over the next several months exploring context and actions to address systemic racism in housing, education, criminal justice, and other topics.

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Past events

November 17, 2020

Focus on Employment

“The ever-present legacy of racism and economic inequality continue to impose a needlessly petty burden on the backs of black workers during the COVID-19 crisis”
—Valerie Wilson (Economic Policy Institute), keynote

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Proposals and additional resources ›
Event details and video ›

October 7, 2020

Kickoff event

“Racism really has been about the economy and the economy has fueled racism.”
—Angela Glover Blackwell (Policylink), keynote

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Event details and video ›

In the news

The Racism and the Economy series is a landmark 7-part series that has attracted the attention of national media.


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