Prof. Khalil Muhammad & "The Truth about the Anti-Woke Movement and the Fight for the Freedom to Learn" (Washington, DC)

The President Woodrow Wilson House is pleased to announce our next speaker for our Historic Perspectives, Modern Initiatives educational programming. Our November speaker explores the intersections of race and democracy in modern history. Join us for an evening conversation with Prof. Khalil Muhammad, in the historic drawing room of the house museum.


This talk will explain the deep history behind the backlash against the rigorous teaching of American history, inclusive of the long traditions of anti-Black racism and resistance to it. Why are so many Americans ambivalent or accepting of the political movement to promote America’s own version of Holocaust denialism related to slavery and structural racism? How does this movement promote fascist ideology and threaten multi-racial democracy? And what forms of resistance from the past and present must be marshalled to save the country from itself?


Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at the Harvard University Kennedy School, where he directs the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project. He is co-host of the Pushkin podcast "Some of My Best Friends Are," and the former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Khalil recently co-chaired a National Academies of Science study, “Reducing Racial Inequality in Crime and Justice,” and is the award-winning author of "The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America." He is a frequent contributor to documentary films, such as the Oscar nominated "13th," and an occasional writer for the "New York Times," including "The 1619 Project," among other media outlets.