Perspectives & Testimonies Race, Inequality & Social Mobility

A Time of Opportunity

In A Time of Opportunity, PolicyLink Founder in Residence Angela Glover Blackwell shares a compelling framing of the social, economic, and demographic shifts that continue to define life in the United States. She traces the Black–White paradigm through her experiences growing up under segregation in St. Louis and highlights the central importance of place, recognizing that it is entwined with race. Seeing opportunity in the demographic changes unfolding in the United States, Glover Blackwell shows that an equitable, inclusive approach to policy offers a “superior growth model” for the nation.

A Time of Opportunity is adapted from the keynote address given during Race at the Forefront: Sharpening a Focus on Race in Applied Research, the inaugural conference of the Collaboration on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America, at Washington University on March 28, 2019. Video from the address is accessible via the CSD YouTube channel.


Glover Blackwell, A. (2019, May). A time of opportunity (CSD Perspective 19-24). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development. doi:/10.7936/9jyy-gw12