Panel on Racism: Past & Present

Library Event

As our communities struggle towards greater racial equality, we are working to understand and acknowledge injustices of the past and present. On Thursday, July 30 at 6:30pm, please join us for a conversation on the past and present realities of racism in California and beyond.

Please join us virtually for the program here.

Presented by the City of Glendale in collaboration with the Library, Arts & Culture Department.

You can submit questions for the panelists to:


Steven Nelson is Dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Steven is also Professor Emeritus of African and African American art history at UCLA and, until recently, the director of the UCLA African Studies Center. He is the author of two forthcoming books: On the Underground Railroad and Structural Adjustment: Mapping, Geography, and the Visual Cultures of Blackness.


Safiya Umoja Noble is Associate Professor of Information Studies at UCLA where she also serves as the Co-Director of the Center for Critical Internet Inquiry. She is the author of a best-selling book on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism.

Hannibal B. Johnson, Esq., a Harvard Law School graduate, is a member of the federal 400 Years of African American History Commission. He is expert on Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District and the Tulsa Race Massacre. His books cover those topics, together with others on race and racism in Oklahoma and beyond. Mr. Johnson has held teaching positions at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Tulsa College of Law.  His book Black Wall Street 100, is available for preorder in late July.

Gary Keyes is a Southern California native and a retired professor, having taught at Glendale Community College (GCC), Pasadena City College, and Crescenta Valley High School for over 40 years. His course, Race and Differential Application of Justice, at GCC proved very popular. A graduate of UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Los Angeles, he is the co-author of two books: Wicked Crescenta Valley and Murder & Mayhem in the Crescenta Valley.