Sadie Alexander and the Use of Federal Job Guarantees to Address Racial Discrimination in Employment
Nina Banks, economist and president of the National Economic Association, will explore the work of the first African American economist in a talk titled, “Sadie Alexander and the Use of Federal Job Guarantees to Address Racial Discrimination in Employment.” The event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium, 360 W. Louther St. It is free and open to the public. Dickinson requires all visitors to wear face coverings inside campus buildings.
Banks will speak on the work of Sadie T.M. Alexander, the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in economics. Specifically, Banks will discuss Alexander’s contention that a federal job that guarantees full employment is the only solution to persistent discrimination against African American workers.
Banks is associate professor of economics at Bucknell University and the author of “Democracy, Race, and Justice: The Speeches and Writings of Sadie T. M. Alexander.” Banks serves on the board of directors of the Economic Policy Institute and the editorial board of The Review of Black Political Economy. She is also the founder and organizer of the annual Freedom and Justice conference of the National Economic Association and the American Society of Hispanic Economists.