September 22, 2016, 7PM - Betti Ono Gallery, Oakland, CA
On September 22, the School of Unity & Liberation (SOUL) and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office are co-hosting a public event on the legacy of Frantz Fanon.
Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) was a Martinique-born Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist, who studied in France and later joined the National Liberation Front of Algeria (FLN). Deftly remixing Marx, Hegel and Négritude leader Aimé Césaire, he emerged as a prime spokesman for liberation movements throughout Africa and beyond. Primarily known for his seminal Wretched of the Earth, Fanon’s writings greatly influenced activists such as the Black Panther Party, and continue to inform movements such as the fight for healthcare, feminism, immigration struggles, and Black Lives Matter. These movements, which have grown out of mass protests and savvy use of social media, are heeding Fanon’s call that “Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.”
Our event will start with the film screening of Concerning Violence (which stems from Chapter one of Wretched of the Earth). It looks at Fanon’s writing through the archival footage of African liberation movements, developed for Swedish public television in the 1960s and 1970s.
After the film, our panelists will delve into Fanon’s legacy for today’s meaning of the Black Freedom struggle in the age of globalization.
Alicia Garza, Black Lives Matter Movement
Malkia Cyril, Center for Media Justice
Kazembe Balagun, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office
Date and Location
September 22, 2016, 7:00 PM
Betti Ono Gallery, 1427 Broadway, Oakland, CA
Refreshments will be served.
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