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30th Annual Dr. Sadie T.M. Alexander Conference

The Segregated Second Amendment: Tracing the Racial Implications of America's Gun Debate

The Dr. Sadie T.M. Alexander Conference is a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Alexander, a true American pioneer. Dr. Alexander not only shattered glass ceilings for women and minorities, but also empowered those after her. In the spirit of Dr. Alexander, the annual conference continues her legacy by engaging with pertinent legal issues in hopes of getting closer to solutions, providing professional development opportunities for students, and giving back to the Philadelphia community.

This year’s conference will explore the evolving world of gun rights and control along with the racialization of gun politics. With today's increased gun violence, a proactive and adaptive approach is needed to ensure public safety while maintaining the integrity of constitutionally-protected individual rights. This conference will highlight the shift from the narrow interpretation of the Second Amendment to derail the efforts of the Black Panther Party, to its later expansion in enhancing individual rights through NRA lobbying. This stark contrast is most pronounced when comparing California’s state gun regulations under the Reagan administration to the Court's decision in D.C. v. Heller.

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Sponsored by the Penn Black Law Students Association.