Professor Vernon Damani Johnson in the Department of Political Science at Western Washington University will give a talk on “Mid-Century Dream to Today's Reality: All the Ways that Race Still Matters”. His presentation is part of a free lecture series "Intolerance & Injustice: Where We've Been, What We've Learned," sponsored by the Bellingham Public Library. Johnson will explore the ideas and expectations set forth at mid-century, when the Voting Rights Act, Affirmative Action and other initiatives were initially conceived, contrasted with recent events and challenges to equal opportunity and justice for all. Johnson was on the advisory committee to Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Presidential Campaign in 1988, served on the Steering Committee of the Washington State Rainbow Coalition from 1988-92, and helped to found the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, chairing its board from 1997-2000. Talks will be held in the Central Library Lecture Room.