The summer of 2019 marks the five-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri—an event that sparked tremendous protests, and which stirred a massive rise in mobility and voice from the Black Lives Matter movement. To reflect on five years of progress since this landmark tragedy and explore the present and future of Black Lives Matter, renowned political and social writer Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor gave this talk at Town Hall Seattle in an event for a rising generation of activists. She surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and Black unemployment. Taylor invites us to recall the triumphs and accomplishments of the people leading Black Lives Matter, as well as the challenges the movement has faced and the ground still left to cover. Join us for a stirring and insightful retrospective on the nationwide movement to stand against police violence and push for Black liberation.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes on Black politics, social movements, and racial inequality in the United States. Her book From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation won the 2016 Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book. Her articles have been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Jacobin, New Politics, The Guardian, In These Times, Black Agenda Report, Ms., International Socialist Review, and other publications.
Thanks to Town Hall Seattle and Elliott Bay Books
Recorded 9/5/19

Program Details
Topics Police Terror, Racism, History
Episode S8E38
Broadcast Week Sep 23rd 2019
Duration 00:58:00
Audience Rating TV-G
Genre Action
Theme Academic & Education
Language English
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