The Kennedy School Review’s Podcast explores the vast range of talents and experiences that HKS students and faculty bring to our community. We highlight student voices and bring students and faculty together to discuss the work they do.
In this episode, first-year Masters in Public Policy student Amanda Matos has a candid conversation with Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad about the March For Our Lives movement, the tension between the question of gun violence in communities of color and the narrative of mass shootings, and the power of intersectional youth organizing to develop a principled platform against gun violence.
Amanda R. Matos has devoted her career to racial and gender justice through capacity building, political education, and civic engagement. She is co-founder of the WomanHOOD Project, a youth-led after-school mentorship program for girls of color in her hometown of the Bronx. Amanda also helped create the Young Women’s Initiative and served as Manager of Community Organizing at Planned Parenthood of New York City. Amanda received her BA from Columbia University and is currently a MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad is professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. His scholarship and teaching examines the broad intersections of race, democracy, inequality and criminal justice in modern U.S. History. Khalil is the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, and the former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library and the world’s leading library and archive of global black history.
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Jana has dedicated her career to ending homelessness and the conditions that create it. Most recently, she helped to design and implement a cloud-based database for matching people experiencing homelessness with housing opportunities. Prior to that, she led the expansion of a social enterprise catering company serving formerly homeless men and women in New York City. She holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, and is currently a MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School.
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