Summary: The Kerner Commission Report Plus Four Decades:
What Has Changed? What Has Not?
University of Michigan
Population Studies Center
Institute for Social Research
426 Thompson, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2590
Population Studies Center Research Report 08-656
This is a revision of a presentation prepared for a Plenary Session of the American Sociological
Association organized by Professor Paul A. Jagowsky and devoted to the 40th
anniversary of the
Kerner Commission Report. Boston, Massachusetts, August 1, 2008.
Kerner Commission Report Plus Four Decades 2
1. Racial Violence in the Summers of the 1960s
2. The Appointment of the Kerner Commission and its Mission
3. The Findings of the Kerner Commission
a) What Happened?
b) Why Did It Happen?
c) What Can Be Done?