Expert on racial justice to speak at Notre Dame

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, professor of history, race, and public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, will speak at Notre Dame at 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 14. 

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Widely known as one of the most influential authorities on racial justice in America, Muhammad will deliver a talk on The Truth About Anti-CRT and the Fight for Freedom to Learn. The free, but ticketed, event will be held at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and is open to students, faculty and staff. Tickets will be available for distribution at the DPAC Ticket Office one hour prior to the event start time.

“Dr. Muhammad will give an informative presentation that is both timely and necessary,” said Eric Love, director of staff diversity and inclusion in the Office of Human Resources. According to Love, Muhammad will bring an historical context to the current political debates on Critical Race Theory and the banning of books and African-American history courses. 

The event is sponsored by Human Resources in partnership with Hesburgh Libraries, Mendoza College of Business, the Morris Inn, the Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion, and the Law School. 


Muhammad is the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, named the 2011 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize winner for Best Book by the American Studies Association. Along with best friend Ben Austen, Muhammad hosts the podcast “Some of My Best Friends Are,” where the two, who grew up together on the South Side of Chicago in the 1980s, discuss their experiences with race.