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Dr. Clint Smith in conversation with Abd’Allah Lateef

12pm ET/9am PT



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Please join us for a conversation between New York Times bestselling author Dr. Clint Smith and Abd’Allah Lateef, Senior Strategist and Racial Equity Specialist at the CFSY.

In his recently released nonfiction narrative book, How the Word Is Passed, Clint offers an intergenerational story of how slavery has shaped our nation’s collective history, and ourselves. There are few places where that legacy has had more influence than on our criminal legal system and its treatment of children of color. The United States is the only country in the world that sentences children to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole, and this sentence is disproportionately imposed on Black children. Today, 25 states and the District of Columbia ban the practice and there is broad public support for reform. 

Clint and Abd’Allah will call upon their personal experiences and years of research, leadership, and activism to discuss the movement to end death-in-prison sentences for children. Whether you have been directly impacted by the extreme sentencing of children or you are just learning about the issue, join us for a lively discussion between two leaders in this movement.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations to the CFSY are encouraged.

Thank you to our generous sponsors. 

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Alston & Bird

Baker McKenzie

Cleary Gottlieb

Covington & Burling

Cozen O’Connor

Creed & Gowdy

Kellogg Hansen Todd Figel & Frederick

Kelley Drye

King & Spalding

Lankler Siffert & Wohl

Latham & Watkins

Morgan Lewis


The Steptoe Foundation


Wilkinson Barker Knauer