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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: From #BlackLivesMatter To Black Liberation

  • The Great Hall 1119 8th Avenue Seattle, WA, 98101 United States (map)

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 joins us for a Town Hall 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. Sit in for a stirring and insightful retrospective on the nationwide movement to stand against police violence and push for Black liberation.