"If there's a lesson in spring 2020, it's that movements are not events. Movements are processes. It took 30 years to get to that moment. It's going to take many more years of constant struggle, organizing, and education to be able to sustain that and move us to the next level. It doesn't happen in a classroom. It happens in living. These movements are my teachers."
Robin D. G. Kelley is Distinguished Professor and the Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a widely published scholar, teacher, and Guggenheim Fellow whose work explores the history of social movements in the U.S., the African diaspora, and Africa--extending into research on Black intellectuals, music and visual culture, and surrealism and Marxism.
Kelley’s most recent books include Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times and Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original. He is also co-editor of numerous books, including Walter Rodney, The Russian Revolution: A View from the Third World, and The Other Special Relationship: Race, Rights, and Riots in Britain and the United States. He is currently completing three book projects.
A groundbreaking contribution to the history of the "long Civil Rights movement," Hammer and Hoe tells the story of how, during the 1930s and 40s, Communists took on Alabama's repressive, racist police state to fight for economic justice, civil and political rights, and racial equality.
In partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, Marguerite Casey Foundation will host a conversation with Becoming Abolitionists author, lawyer and organizer Derecka Purnell, UCLA History Professor, writer and celebrated American historian Dr. Robin D. G. Kelley and our President & CEO Dr. Carmen Rojas.
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