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Building Asian American and Black Solidarity for Racial Justice in Today’s America

Although there have been tensions, including those tied to colorism, between the Asian American and Pacific Islander and Black communities in America, there has been an equally long history of mutual support and collaboration between these two communities. How does anti-Blackness in the AAPI community impact the work of building solidarity with Black activists? In this conversation, we highlight our common ground so that Asian American and Black social justice communities can push forward our collective needs to fight racial injustice and other forms of discrimination in this country.


  • Sunu P. Chandy, Legal Director, National Women’s Law Center
  • Vinay Harpalani, Associate Professor of Law, University of New Mexico School of Law
  • Sholanna Lewis, Director, Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Kalamazoo
  • Frank H. Wu, President, Queens College, The City University of New York


Joint Sponsor: ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice

Co-Sponsors: ABA Center for Human RightsABA Center for Public Interest LawABA Commission on Disability RightsABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & ResponsibilitiesABA Commission on Homelessness & PovertyABA Commission on ImmigrationABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the ProfessionABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender IdentityABA Commission on Women in the ProfessionABA Council for Diversity in the Educational PipelineABA Criminal Justice SectionABA Diversity and Inclusion CenterABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers DivisionABA International Law SectionABA Law Student DivisionABA Section of Environment, Energy, and ResourcesABA Section of State and Local Government LawABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress, ABA Standing Committee on Public Education, ABA Young Lawyers Division


Presentation: Frank H. WuVinay Harpalani, Sholanna Lewis


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