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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, an historic uprising against racism and the politics of disposability that the COVID-19 pandemic lays bare.
Journalist and author Marc Lamont Hill joins us in this livestreamed presentation to share from his timely book We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest & Possibility. With new interviews and two new essays, Hill critically examines the “pre-existing conditions” that have led us to this moment of crisis and upheaval, guiding us through the perils and possibilities, and helping us imagine an abolitionist future. He provides a critical intersectional analysis of what got us to the present moment, and considers how we get out. In the midst of death and suffering, Hill presents a charge for students, organizers, activists, and leaders. He urges us to figure out what freedom really means—and how we can take steps to get there.
Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. He is currently the host of BET News. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond. He is the owner of Uncle Bobbie’s Bookstore in Philadelphia.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle.