The President has called today for thoughtful collective action in the wake of the tragic death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of the man who took his life. The Kirwan Institute looks forward to working with our partners across the nation to examine the impacts of “Stand Your Ground” laws, and to build a movement that will give African American boys the reassurance they need to feel valued, cared for and supported as full members of our society.

The Institute’s work around unconscious or “implicit bias” and its “friend of the court” brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Fisher v. University of Texas case focusing on the unique experiences of African American males will be of value to those desiring to assist in this work.


View Obama’s speech below