Illinois State University Speaker Series: Adolph L. Reed Jr.
7 p.m. Keynote
Old Main Room, Bone Student Center
Black History Month Speaker
Adolph L. Reed Jr., political scientist emeritus at University of Pennsylvania, will deliver an address on the implications of the Atlanta Child Murders, which were a series of murders committed in Atlanta, Georgia, between July 1979 and May 1981. Over the two years, at least 28 children, adolescents, and adults were killed. The case has received renewed interest because of the 40th anniversary of the crimes, and through references on the program, Mindhunter, and various podcasts.
Professor Reed is the author of numerous books and articles on black American politics, urban politics, and race. He was a doctoral student at Atlanta University at the time of the Atlanta Child Murders. He also served as a policy analyst and speech writer for Atlanta’s first black mayor, Maynard Jackson.
The talk is part of the Speaker Series at Illinois State University. The Illinois State University Speaker Series seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas, and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process.