Event date: Thursday 30 July 2020
In the wake of the police’s brutal murder of George Floyd and the eruption of Black Lives Matter protests across the world, the urgent call to address global anti-black racism has reached new heights. In this talk, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and Yasser Qous will talk about the experiences of Black Palestinians, their histories, contributions and struggles. The talk will explore the intersection of race, identity and ethnicity and the connections between Black experiences in Palestine and the US, and the ways in which anti-Blackness functions in both places. Finally, the talk will look at historic Black-Palestinian solidarity and movements for liberation, highlighting how anti-racism is essential to the fight against oppression everywhere.
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. He is the host of BET News and the “Coffee & Books” podcast. He is the author or co-author of five books: the award-winning ‘Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life’; ‘The Classroom and the Cell’; the New York Times bestseller ‘Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on The Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond’; ‘Gentrifier’; and the forthcoming book ‘Except For Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics’. Dr. Hill is also the director of the upcoming film “Black in the Holy Land.” His research focuses on the intersections between culture, politics, and education in the United States and the Middle East.
Yasser Qous is a master’s student in the department of History and Civilization at L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales / Paris. His research interests are social history in Palestine (focusing on the historical construction of the black Palestinian community in Jerusalem).
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