With special guest speakers:
in a discussion of the Civil Rights and #BlackLivesMatter movements.
We find ourselves today amid a slew of 50th civil rights anniversaries – the march on Washington, the Birmingham campaign, the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act and Selma itself – at a time when African Americans and the young, in particular, have once again been galvanised into anti-racist activism across a country that has, once again, been forced into a conversation about racial inequality and state violence.
What can we learn from the Civil Rights movement? What can the #BlackLivesMatter movement teach America about our supposedly “post-racial” society? Where do we go from here?
is an author, broadcaster, and award-winning columnist for the Guardian. Younge is the author of The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream (now in paperback), and the article Ferguson, Selma, and a mood for change. Younge also writes a monthly column for The Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. Born in Britain to Barbadian parents, Younge reported all over Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean before being appointed the Guardian’s US correspondent in 2003. In 2009 he won Britain’s prestigious James Cameron Award for “combined moral vision and professional integrity.” His first book, No Place Like Home: A Black Briton’s Journey through the Deep South, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His third book, Who Are We—and Should It Matter in the 21st Century?, was shortlisted for the Bristol Festival of Ideas Book Prize. The Speech is his fourth book.
is an Assistant Professor at Princeton University’s Center for African American Studies, and the author of the recent article The rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s research concerns include race and public policy especially concerning housing. She is also interested in social movements and Black politics in the United States. Dr. Taylor is currently working on a manuscript about the federal government’s promotion of single-family homeownership in Black communities after the urban rebellions of the 1960s. She examines the consequences of the federal government’s turn to market-based solutions in its low-income housing programs in Chicago and Detroit in the 1970s and the contradictions and consequences of public-private partnerships in American housing policies. Dr. Taylor’s research has been supported, in part, by a multiyear Northwestern University Presidential Fellowship, the Ford Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. Dr. Taylor was the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013-2014. Taylor received her PhD from the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University in 2013.
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