BLACK MONTREAL: HOTBED OF RADICALISM IN THE SIXTIES
A Dialogue with David Austin - Monday, Nov. 18, 6:30 PM - RLS–NYC
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For a brief moment, Montreal became an unlikely center of Black Power and the Caribbean left. In October 1968 the Congress of Black Writers at McGill University brought together well-known Black thinkers and activists from Canada, the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean—notably C.L.R. James, Stokely Carmichael, Miriam Makeba, Rocky Jones, and Walter Rodney. Within months of the Congress, a Black-led protest at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) exploded on the front pages of newspapers across the country—raising state security fears about Montreal as the new hotbed of international Black radical politics.
David Austin’s groundbreaking study “Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties’ Montreal” fills in a missing chapter in the history of Black internationalism, while bringing to the fore the intersection of immigration, policing and education in the fight for equality.
Join us as we welcome Austin as well as respondents Rich Blint and Robyn Spencer for an exciting evening of dialogue.
David Austin is editor of You Don’t Play with Revolution: The Montreal Lectures of C.L.R. James. He teaches in the Humanities, Philosophy, and Religion Department at John Abbott College, Montreal.
Rich Blint, scholar and independent curator, is Associate Director of the Office of Community Outreach and Education in the School of the Arts at Columbia University, where he also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Institute for Research in African American Studies.
Robyn Spencer is Professor of History and African American Studies and has written extensively on Black internationalism and the Black Panther Party.
Monday, November 18, 2013 6:30 PM
RLS–NYC, 275 Madison Ave, Suite 2114
New York, 10016, NY
Copies of Fear of A Black Nation will be available for sale.
This event is free and open to the public.
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