In 1980, the Institute for Contemporary Studies sponsored a conference with a variety of alternative perspectives on issues facing Black Americans. This became known as the Fairmont Conference and resulted in the publication of the Fairmont Papers, an influential volume recognized for being a powerful voice in the public discussion.
Extending the Fairmont Conference legacy, Glenn Loury, Jason Riley, Ian Rowe, and Shelby Steele partnered to organize the Old Parkland Conference, a gathering in Dallas, Texas, featuring prominent leaders, researchers, and intellectuals, discussing a variety of issues affecting Black Americans today.
See below for clips from the conference featuring powerful and controversial perspectives on education, dignity, violence, community, and more.
American Enterprise Institute – About the 2022 Old Parkland Conference
Hoover Institution – Event Page for 2022 Old Parkland Conference
Highlighting a Historical Moment
The Black Alternatives Conference was held in December 1980 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Thomas Sowell and his close friend Walter Williams, with their mutual mentor, Milton Friedman, organized a conference to bring together alternative perspectives on the topics of racism, inequality, and opportunity for Black Americans. It became a historic two-day event, later known as the Fairmont Conference.