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If we face America’s racial history squarely, must we conclude that the American project is a failure? Conversely, if we think the American project is a worthy endeavor, do we have to lie or equivocate about our past?

Exhausted by extremism on both left and right, a majority of Americans—black and white—love this country and want to do right by all its citizens. In Black Liberation Through the Marketplace, Rachel Ferguson leaves readers with a better understanding of black history and creative ideas for how to make this nation one that truly enjoys liberty and justice for all.

Ferguson uses the classical liberal lens to ask Americans on the political right to seriously reckon with America’s deep racial pain—much of which arises from violations of rights that conservatives say they deeply value. And those on the left must take a hard look at the failed paternalism, and in some cases thoroughgoing racism, of past progressive policy. All Americans are asked to apply their concern for individual rights and constitutional order fairly to our historical record. In doing this, we discover blatant injustices perpetrated against black Americans. But we also find black entrepreneurs overcoming amazing obstacles and a black community that has created flourishing institutions and culture.

Join us for a lecture and Q&A with Rachel Ferguson, who will discuss her new book, Black Liberation Through the Marketplace. A free livestream of this lecture will be available to view @ 12 p.m. ET on Dec. 9 for those who cannot attend in person. 

Rachel Ferguson
Rachel Ferguson, PhD
Concordia University Chicago

Professor of Business & Assistant Dean, Director of the Center for Free Enterprise

Rachel Ferguson is an economic philosopher at Concordia University Chicago. As director of the Free Enterprise Center there, she leads a nationwide, cross-disciplinary faculty network that engages questions of liberty and virtue through seminars, conferences, and pedagogy. Dr. Ferguson has been a visiting fellow at the Eudaimonia Institute and her work can be found in Discourse, the Journal of Markets & Morality, and the Library of Economics and Liberty. Ferguson lives in St. Louis, Missouri where she is actively involved in community building and empowering marginalized entrepreneurs through LOVEtheLOU and Gateway to Flourishing.

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Acton Institute
98 Fulton St E
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States


11:30 a.m. Doors open
12:00 p.m. Lecture begins
12:30 p.m. Q&A
1:00 p.m. Lecture ends


$15 General | $10 Student
Includes box lunch and beverage

(Please RSVP at least 48 hours in advance to guarantee a box lunch.)

Event livestream is free.


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