Schedule for the Fall 2017 Season

August 10, 2017

Join us this fall for these exciting and urgent conversations! CBFS is held from 6-8 on the first Thursday of each month at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Check back later in the month for more updates.

September 7 - Fifty Years After the Newark and Detroit Uprisings

50 years after rebellion and repression in Newark and Detroit, the causes, meanings and legacies of the urban uprisings of the 1960s remain controversial. Were hundreds of Black Rebellions the “Harvest of Racism”?

Guest include Say Burgin, Mark Krasovic, and Junius Williams.

October 5 - The Fannie Lou Hamer Centennial and Black Women's Organizing Traditions

Out of the shadows of the John F. Kennedy centennial, join the Fannie Lou Hammer Centennial (1917-2017). Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer set the pace for the Mississippi Freedom Movement in the 1960s, knocking down Jim Crow barriers, protesting the Vietnam War, and fighting American poverty. In South Carolina, Septima Clark pioneered the Grassroots organizing tradition with the Citizenship Schools, while in the Jim Crow North the Black Women’s United Front established African Free Schools and insisted on women’s rights of self-defense against white terror.

Guests include Katherine Charron, Ashley Farmer, Charles Payne, and Gloria Richardson.

November 2 - The Black Freedom Struggle and the Strange Career of Jim Crow New York

The Black freedom struggle against Jim Crow New York is one of the most protracted yet criminally neglected movements for human rights in the USA.

Guests include Tahir Butt, Brian Purnell, and Christopher Tinson.

December 7 - The Black Freedom Struggle and the Strange Career of Jim Crow in the Midwest

The face of employment discrimination was unmasked by the March on Washington Movement in Detroit’s auto plants in the 1940s. The face of killer cops was revealed by Fred Hampton and the Black Panthers and by Cha Cha Jimenez and the Young Lords in Chicago. The face of religious discrimination was exposed by Rev. Albert Cleage and Black Christian Nationalism in Detroit. The face of cultural imperialism was exposed by the Black Arts Renaissance from Detroit to Chicago. And the faces of housing and employment discrimination were protested by the NAACP in Milwaukee.

Guests include Keona Ervin, Nishani Frazier, and Patrick Jones.