And we know that we have no future in a society in which 6 million black and white people are unemployed and millions more live in poverty. Nor is the goal of our civil rights revolution merely the passage of civil rights legislation. Yes, we want all public accommodations open to all citizens, but those accommodations will mean little to those who cannot afford to use them.


Race and Capitalism Project Directors

Michael C. Dawson is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and the founder of its Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture. He is a student of race and politics, public opinion and black politics. His most recent books are Black Visions (2001), Not In Our Lifetimes (2011), and Blacks In and Out of the Left (2013).

Megan Ming Francis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. She is the author of Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Her work sits at the intersection of race, law, history, capitalism, and civil rights. Francis earned a PhD from the Department of Politics at Princeton University.