Focus: African American Studies Response Series

Why has “Black Lives Matter” — as slogan, as hashtag, as rallying cry — been taken up so widely?

In the spirit of black studies’ long tradition of timely, engaged, and accessible critical analysis, the Department of African American Studies at Princeton launched a blog project called FocusIt was intended as a kind of virtual conversation, bringing together members of our Princeton intellectual community with other scholars, writers, activists, and artists. We invited readers and followers to join us we discussed pressing issues in contemporary black life, both in United States and globally.

A digital conversation took place over six week with responses from scholars, activists, and artists
The entire conversation, hosted on Medium, is also reproduced below:

Charlene Carruthers, National Director, Black Youth Project 100 (@CharleneCac)

Eddie Glaude, Jr. William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies; Chair, Department of African American Studies, Princeton University (@esglaude)

Che GossettIndependent scholar, archivist and activist (@chegossett)

Joy James, F.C. Oakley 3rd Century Professor, Williams College

Jessica Marie Johnson, Assistant Professor of History, Michigan State University (@jmjafrx)

Imani Perry, Hughes Rogers Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University (@imaniperry)

Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University (@KeeangaYahmatta)

Rinaldo Walcott, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies, University of Toronto (@blacklikewho)

Convener: Joshua Guild, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, Princeton University (@jbguild)

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  1. 'The Formation of Religio-Racial Identity' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Judith Weisenfeld 47:32
  2. 'What Was African American Marriage?' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Tera Hunter 44:59
  3. 'Before Cornel West, After Cornel West' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Cornel West 52:46
  4. 'An Insistence on Not Being Discouraged' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Chika Okeke-Agulu 55:19
  5. 'A Through Line for African American Studies' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Imani Perry 44:07
  6. 'Activism and Risk in the Face of Trump' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Asanni York, Destiny Crockett 43:02
  7. 'Langston Hughes, Religious Thinker' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Wallace Best 45:50
  8. 'Convergences and Dissonance' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Keeanga-Yamahatta Taylor, Naomi Murakawa, & Imani Perry 60:08