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Saturday, July 8 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Making Black Lives Matter in the Trump Era

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When Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, the national debate was about whether or not the U.S. was becoming a “post-racial” society. Eight years on, we could not be further from that conversation. Now, an unabashed racist, xenophobe, and sexual predator sits in the White House. In 2014, the Movement for Black Lives, beginning in Ferguson, Missouri, and spreading throughout the country, brought with it the promise of a renewed struggle against the deep racial injustices that persist in this country—but Obama and the Democrats failed to address the racial, economic, and political status quo that this movement questioned. The support and solidarity it engendered have not gone away, but the movement seems to have gone quiet under Trump. In this new era, how can we reignite this movement—and others—to push back the right and build an alternative to the twin parties of the status quo?

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Umi Selah

umi selah Fka Phillip Agnew, a native of Chicago, Ill., found his voice as a community activist while a student at Florida A&M University. In 2005, he helped to organize students from FAMU, Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College in the creation of the Student Coalition for Justice, which was formed in response to the murder of Martin Lee Anderson in a Florida boot camp. In 2012, he co-founded the Dream Defenders, an organization founded after the murder of Trayvon Martin and committed to ending youth arrest in Florida by 2022. He now serves the organization as... Read More →

Saturday July 8, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom B