2020 Summit for Civil Rights – Opening Statements


The Minnesota Journal of Law & Inequality (JLI) co-hosted the virtual 2020 Summit for Civil Rights with the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity and Georgetown Law’s Workers’ Rights Institute on July 30 and 31, 2020. The Dean of the University of Minnesota Law School, Garry Jenkins, provided the welcome remarks to kickstart the 2020 Summit for Civil Rights. While welcoming the students, distinguished guests, speakers, elected officials, union leaders, activists and community organizers among the audience, the Dean noted the Summit has come full circle back to its home—the Summit started in the University of Minnesota Law School back in 2017. The Dean proudly recalled the University of Minnesota’s long history of training America’s civil rights leaders like Roy Wilkins, Clarence Mitchell, Whitney Young, Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale, and Minnesota’s current Attorney General, Keith Ellison.