The uprising of 2020 marked a new phase in the unfolding Movement for Black Lives. The brutal killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor–and countless other injustices large and small–were the match that lit the spark of the largest protest movement in US history, a historic uprising against racism and the politics of disposability that the COVID-19 pandemic lays bare.
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities and Solutions at Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University, recently published an urgent and incisive collection of new interviews bookended by two new essays, We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest and Possibility.
During a recent installment of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies’ Spring 2021 Graduate Speaker Series, Dr. Hill spoke about these essays, which critically examine the “pre-existing conditions” that have led us to this moment of crisis and upheaval, guiding us through both the perils and possibilities, and helping us imagine an abolitionist future.
Watch this lecture in full on TUTV this Wednesday, June 23 at 1 and 9 p.m.