Book Launch: From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

January 28, 2016 4:30 PM
New York City, NY and Philadelphia, PA
January 28, 2016 4:30 PM
New York City, NY and Philadelphia, PA
An examination of how institutional racism has created and shaped the structural problems affecting Black people, even as more Black people hold political office than ever before

Book Launches in New York and Philadelphia

This week, Professor Keeanga-Yamhatta Taylor kicks off a book launch events for her new book, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation. For most of US history, the police have used violence against African Americans with impunity—but after the murder of unarmed teenager Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, mass protests erupted to challenge that impunity. In the process, a new generation of Black activists has come to question the old methods of struggle, puncture the Obama-era illusion of a “postracial” United States, and declare without apology that #BlackLivesMatter.cover_0

In conversation with a peer, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will survey the history and current realities of US racism. She will examine how institutional racism has created and shaped the structural problems that affect Black people, such as mass incarceration and unemployment, even as more Black people hold political office than ever before.

Amidst this discussion of the context for this new struggle against police violence, Taylor will point to the potential of the Black Lives Matter movement to reignite and broaden the struggle for liberation.

Please join us to celebrate the launch of this book, and to purchase your own copy.


A conversation with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Donna Murch

Wednesday, February 27th, 2016
7:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Ave, Room 9204
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Co-sponsored by Haymarket Books, CUNY Africana Studies, CUNY Feminist Studies Group Graduate Center ISO, The Campaign To Bring Mumia Home, Critical Resistance – New York City, International Socialist Organization (NYC), New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE), and the Social and Political Theory Student Association.


A conversation with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and George Ciccariello-Maher

Thursday, February 28th, 2016
7:00 pm
Friends Center
1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
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Co-sponsored by Haymarket Books, and The Wooden Shoe.


Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes on Black politics, social movements, and racial inequality in the United States. Her articles have been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics,Culture and SocietyJacobinNew PoliticsAl Jazeera AmericaThe Guardian NewspaperIn These TimesBlack Agenda ReportMs. Magazine, and other publications. Taylor is assistant professor in the department of African American Studies at Princeton University.

Donna Murch is an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, where she specializes on historical studies of mass incarceration/war on drugs, Black Power and Civil Rights, California, social movements, and postwar U.S. cities. Murch is the author of “Living for the City: Migration, Education” and “The Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, CA.”

George Ciccariello-Maher is a writer, radical political theorist, and currently Associate Professor of Politics at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He has taught radical theory and politics at Drexel, U.C. Berkeley, San Quentin State Prison, and the Venezuelan School of Planning in Caracas. Ciccariello-Maher is the author of We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution [Duke University Press 2013], a history of revolutionary movements in Venezuela. He appears and is quoted frequently in the media on subjects ranging from Venezuelan politics to the Occupy Movement, and his dispatches and academic articles have appeared in numerous outlets.

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