Diversity Reboot Summit

How History Can Inform the Future of Civil Rights

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How History Can Inform the Future of Civil Rights

Dr. Matthew Delmont, a Guggenheim Fellow and expert on African-American History, joins us to discuss his recent book, Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African American Newspapers, and to address how past struggles can shape and inform a more diverse future. Dr. Delmont will be in conversation with Dionna Smith, Global Head of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Thumbtack.

Meet The Speakers

Dr. Matthew Delmont
Dr. Matthew Delmont
Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History, Dartmouth College

Dr. Matthew Delmont is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History and a Special Advisor to President Hanlon for faculty diversity. An expert on African-American History and the history of Civil Rights, he is the author four books: Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African American Newspapers (Stanford University Press, 2019); Making Roots: A Nation Captivated(University of California Press, 2016); Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregation (UC Press, 2016); and The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock 'n' Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia (UC Press, 2012). His next book, Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad, will be published by Viking Books in 2022. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Public Scholar Award to support this research. In addition to these books, he regularly shares his research with media outlets, including the New York Times, NPR, TheAtlantic.com, Washington Post, and The Conversation. Dr. Delmont has spoken and consulted with Fortune 500 companies, universities, colleges, and community organizations regarding civil rights, diversity and inclusivity, and how to reckon with the history of racism in America.

Dionna Smith
Dionna Smith
Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Thumbtack

Dionna recently joined the team at Thumbtack, serving as their Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Dionna held the title of PowerToFly’s Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Learning & Development. Prior to joining PowerToFly, Dionna served as the Head of Global Talent Strategies & Recruitment Programs at Delta Air Lines. Dionna was named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 list and is a regular featured speaker at conferences. She is most proud of being the mother of five outstanding children.