Black Power and the Politics of Liberation, in comparative perspective

Wednesday 26 Feb 2020, 16:15 - 17:45
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Bob Brown

Bob Brown is the Co-founder and ex-member of the Chicago Chapter of the Black Panther Party (March 1968 to March 1969) and author of several books, including his most recent Malcolm X and Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael). Currently a member of the A-APRP (GC).

Any interpretation of black power movements and the politics of liberation is controversial and likely to be contested, particularly as one struggles to understand key events in history through the many filters we encounter, either in our social interactions, in our political systems, in scholarship and in the media.

A common understanding of the Black Panther Party (BPP) is that it was one of the definitive social movements of the 20th century. Founded by Bobby Seale and Huey Newton in October 1966 in Oakland, California, the BPP also included activists such as Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael and others. Like other social movements of the time, the founding of the BPP was triggered by deep, historical, structural inequalities and violence affecting people of colour in the United States of America, and especially African-Americans. From the very beginning of the movement, the BPP launched numerous social justice programmes and campaigns, from providing school meals to protesting racism and widespread police violence that was primarily directed against black youth.

Indeed, the true history of the BPP has not been told, which is why we feel very fortunate to host Mr. Bob Brown, a long-time social justice activist and scholar and founder of the BPP’s Chicago chapter.

Following a talk by Mr. Brown, we will hear from Dr. Aminata Cairo, Lector in Inclusive Education at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS), who discuss black power and the politics of liberation in comparative context.

The talk will be moderated by Dr Jeff Handmaker.

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