From #blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation

12th Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture
When Nov 01, 2018
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Strickler Hall Middleton Auditorium
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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research presents the 12th Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University, author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket Books, 2016).

The book surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality, while connecting anti-police brutality protests with a larger anti-capitalist movement. Race matters. Class matters.

She has received the Lannan Foundation’s Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book. Taylor’s research examines race and public policy including American housing policies.

Dr. Taylor is currently working on a manuscript titled Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s, which looks at the federal government's promotion of single-family home-ownership in Black communities after the urban rebellions of the 1960s. Her latest book project is How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective.

Taylor looks at how the federal government's turn to market-based solutions in its low-income housing programs in the 1970s impacted Black neighborhoods, Black women on welfare, and emergent discourses on the urban “underclass”. Taylor is interested in the role of private sector forces, typically hidden in public policy making and execution, in the “urban crisis” of the 1970s.

Taylor received national attention in 2016 when she was forced to cancel speeches in Washington and California due to violent threats from the right-wing after referring to Donald Trump as “a racist, sexist megalomaniac” in a commencement speech at Hampshire College. Her insight and voice are more vital than ever in today’s political climate, and we are honored to host her visit to Louisville.

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