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  • I. DeQuincey Newman

    Where Living Legacies Make BIG Change

The I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice

The Newman Institute continues the legacy of the Reverend I. DeQuincey Newman by advancing social justice through education, research, and outreach through, community, state, national and international efforts. 

About Us:

The institute is located in the College of Social Work and directed by the I. DeQuincey Newman Chair. It was conceived in partnership with the university, the College of Social Work and interested community groups.

To learn more about the institute’s namesake, I. DeQuincey Newman, view his papers online through the University Libraries Digital Collections.***

Areas of Commitment: 

  • Upholding Social Justice: Providing pivotal opportunities for political participation, civic engagement, and multidimensional individual & community empowerment. 
  • Community Centered Outreach: Build K-12 and other community partnerships to enact multigenerational participation in the creation of change. 
  • Reimagining Research: Support efforts to expand the Institute’s footprint to include nontraditional forms of participation in social justice through arts, cultural engagement & unique self-expression. 
  • Empowering Future Legends: Harnessing the power & Living Legacies of past civil rights activists into the building of innovative advocates and leaders of today! 

Lecture Series

The I. DeQuincey Newman Lecture Series in Peace and Justice, established in 2005, represents one of many vehicles designed to disseminate invaluable information and data to the larger community on social justice-related topics. Events are open to all interested parties, feel free to join us!



Presenter: The Honorable Judge Clifton Newman

Title: The Impact of Social Justice on the Judicial System 


Presenter: Kesha Hayes, MA, LPN, community advocate 

Title: Resilience through Advocacy 


Presenter: Bakari Sellers, CNN political commentator and New York Times bestselling author

Title: Virtual Town Hall with Bakari Sellers


Presenter: Ibram X. Kendi, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University; New York Times bestselling author

Title: Live Discussion with Ibram Kendi


Presenter: Gaby Pacheco, Director of Advocacy, Communications and Development, TheDream.US

Title: What google won’t tell you about immigration


Presenter: Joshua Correll, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Title: Police and racial bias: Lessons from the lab to the street


Presenter: Llewellyn J. Cornelius, Ph.D., LCSW, Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Professor of Social Justice and Civil Rights Studies and the Director of the Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights at the University of Georgia

Title: Why is the south the epicenter of the new HIV/AIDS epidemic? The role of barriers to health insurance in disparities to HIV care


Presenter: Patrick J. Patterson, MSW, MPH, President, Global Partners for Fathers and Families Consulting, LLC

Title: 5 habits of good fathers that build strong families


Presenter: The Honorable Anton Gunn, MSW, Chief Diversity Office of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Health Center

Title: From public enemy to public good: An open discussion on social justice, activism, health disparities and leadership in the area of healthcare reform


Presenter: Henrie M. Treadwell, Ph.D., Founding Director, Community Voices,  Morehouse School of Medicine

Title: Passing the torch: Civil rights agenda for the 21st century


Presenter: Robert Hawkins, MPA, Ph.D., New York University

Title: Poverty, rights, and everyday wrongs: Why social policy does not mean social justice


Presenter: U. S. Federal Judge Matthew James Perry, Jr.

Title: Civil Rights in South Carolina


Presenter: Congressman James E. Clyburn

Title: Rev. Newman and Civil Rights in South Carolina

The sponsors of The I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice can be found on the Sponsors page.

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