Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research

7th Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture

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“Why the Past Won’t Go Away: The Crisis of History in the Age of Post-Racialism”

November 20th, 2013

5:30 PM, University of Louisville Student Activities Center Multipurpose Room

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Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

 

The history books, which have completely ignored the contribution of the Negro in American history, have only served to intensify the Negroes’ sense of worthlessness and to augment the anachronistic doctrine of white supremacy.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967)

 

What does it mean when history as a discipline is under attack at a time when we have a black president and murders of unarmed black teens? Schomburg Center director Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad explains how knowing the past directly relates to understanding the present race-related crises. In his talk, Dr. Muhammad is expected to respond to the Trayvon Martin assassination, the Zimmerman verdict and how we remember the March on Washington and other major historical events. While addressing issues such as mass incarceration and punitive actions against youth of color, he will focus on the present attack on historical understanding/historical literacy. Dr. Muhammad will talk about the present disinvestment in history departments, in history students and in historical learning among younger people, and how these affect both white supremacy and people of color’s perceptions of themselves.

 

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad is director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research division of the New York Public Library, and a former associate professor of history at Indiana University-Bloomington. His book The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, published by Harvard University Press, won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies. He is now working on his second book, Disappearing Acts: The End of White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow, which traces the historical roots of the changing demographics of crime and punishment so evident today.

 

Articles by and about Dr. Muhammad:

“Help ease our history deficit” Courier-Journal, Oct. 27, 2013

“Confronting the Contradictions of America’s Past” on Moyers & Company

Interview with The Root upon his appointment to Schomburg

Video with The Root

NYT Op-Ed: Playing the ‘violence card’

 

 

 

Posted on Monday, October 28th, 2013 at 10:57 am


Special Discount Ticket Offer for “The Mountaintop” at Actors Theatre

poster_mountaintop_2013-2014Special Offer! $10 Tickets for an Olivier-award winning show about Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Mountaintop  by Katori Hall

October 8 – October 27, 2013

 

The Anne Braden Institute has partnered with Actors Theatre of Louisville to offer its supporters an exclusive $10 ticket for The Mountaintop, running October 8-27 in the Pamela Brown Auditorium. With vivid theatrical imagination and powerful emotion, playwright Katori Hall beautifully fictionalizes the final hours of Dr. King’s life in this play with a visit from a mysterious maid at the Lorraine Motel. Her presence forces Dr. King to grapple with leadership, legacy and mortality.

 

To secure your $10 ticket, simply call the Actors Theatre Box Office at 502-584-1205 and mention the Anne Braden Institute. Fees apply. Not valid on previous purchases and cannot be combined with other offers. Limit two.

Also mark your calendars for these special events associated with The Mountaintop:

 

Community Conversation

Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m.

This event includes a performance of The Mountaintop followed by a post-show discussion exploring how the leadership and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. relates to our community and what civil rights means today in Louisville. The performance is used as a springboard to start a rich conversation. Tickets include a pre-show reception, performance and post-show conversation with:

·         Jean West, moderator

·         Carla Wallace

·         Raul Cunningham

***Order through group sales and mention the Anne Braden Institute for discount tickets to this event.***

 

Conversation with the Artists

Sunday, Oct. 20, following the 2:30 p.m. performance

Enjoy an engaging post-show chat with the cast of The Mountaintop, led by a member of the Actors artistic staff.

 

For details on these and other events, please visit http://actorstheatre.org/calendar/2013/10/.

For more information about The Mountaintop, visit http://actorstheatre.org/shows/the-mountaintop-2013-2014/

 

 

Actors Theatre is located across from the YUM! Center at 3rd&Main in Downtown Louisville and has a convenient parking garage attached to the facility.

Posted on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 5:15 pm


Save the Date for the 7th Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture!

“Why the Past Won’t Go Away: The Crisis of History in the Age of Post-Racialism”

November 20th, 2013

5:30 PM, University of Louisville Student Activities Center Multipurpose Room

khalilmuhammad9-high res

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

 

The history books, which have completely ignored the contribution of the Negro in American history, have only served to intensify the Negroes’ sense of worthlessness and to augment the anachronistic doctrine of white supremacy.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967)

 

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad is director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research division of the New York Public Library, and a former associate professor of history at Indiana University-Bloomington. His book The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, published by Harvard University Press, won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies. He is now working on his second book, Disappearing Acts: The End of White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow, which traces the historical roots of the changing demographics of crime and punishment so evident today.

 

Articles by and about Dr. Muhammad:

“Confronting the Contradictions of America’s Past” on Moyers & Company

Interview with The Root upon his appointment to Schomburg

Video with The Root

NYT Op-Ed: Playing the ‘violence card’

Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2013 at 1:08 pm


Free and Open College-Level Black History Courses

Several free, college-level courses and lecture series on black history are available online via iTunes, YouTube, and other sites. Taught by real professors at top universities, these courses and lectures are open to all who have a computer and internet access. Open Culture recommended the following courses. You can find a list of 700 free and open courses and lectures from top universities on a variety of subjects at  http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses.

Introduction to African American Studies
Abdul Alkalimat, University of Illinois
http://eblackstudies.org/2010/curriculum.htm
This course was taught at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Fall 2007. All of the accompanying materials are available on the course website www.eblackstudies.org/urbana (14 videos, syllabus, listserv, and more. RealPlayer software is needed to watch the videos. Download for free at www.real.com.)

 

African American History: From Emancipation to the Present

Jonathan Holloway, Yale
http://oyc.yale.edu/african-american-studies/afam-162#sessions

 

African-American History: Modern Freedom Struggle
Clay Carson, Stanford
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=40E11D5C66CAC48C
or
https://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/african-american-history-modern/id384234017?mt=10#ls=1
This lecture series introduces the viewer to African-American history, with particular emphasis on the political thought and protest movements of the period after 1930, focusing on selected individuals who have shaped and been shaped by modern African-American struggles for freedom and justice. Clayborne Carson is a professor in the History Department at Stanford
University.

 

Rethinking Black Theory
Abdul Alkalimat, University of Illinois
http://ensemble.atlas.uiuc.edu/app/sites/index.aspx?destinationID=qzBpeuKc0E6NPaVC9tPfzA
This lecture series from 2011 is an introduction to various theories and methodologies rising out of the study of the Black world based on African American intellectual traditions. 45 years after Black Power posed a challenge to thinking by and about the African American experience, it is necessary to rethink this legacy of changing consciousness. This is both a look at the theoretical formulations in the academic field of Black Studies, but more importantly it is thinking about how we the people can understand and be more self determining about our consciousness and how we can reorient ourselves to the fight for freedom. Now as then, we have work to do.

 

Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 11:35 am


Get on the Bus! The Path Toward Equal Housing Opportunity

Update 5/1/2013: The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all who helped make “Get on the Bus” a success. Just under 150 people registered for the event, and Lexington Fair Housing Council, the lead sponsor and organizer of the event, turned away many more. Good news: we’re considering doing it again! Please click the link below to let us know of your interest.

I’m interested in future housing tours!

The above link will take you to a short survey designed for K-12 educators. If you are not an educator, please indicate your group or purpose for going on the tour in questions 3 and 5.

Update 4/21/2013: Check out VIDEO interviews with some of our ‘Get on the Bus: The Path Toward Equal Housing Opportunity’ tour guides: http://ow.ly/kgGT8

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Get on The Bus with the ABI on April 23rd to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, and to mark the official release of “Marking Louisville Home for Us All: A 20-Year Action Plan for Fair Housing.”

  • 12:30-1:15: Registration and presentation of action plan
  • 1:30: Buses depart
  • 4:00: Buses return

Buses will depart from Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.) at 1:30 pm to take participants on a guided tour of neighborhoods that tell the story of Louisville’s segregated housing history and its present-day effects. Prior to departure, you’ll hear a presentation of that history and see the unveiling of the 20-year action plan for fair housing.

Register online at http://www.lexingtonfairhousing.com/. The event is FREE, but space is limited. For more information, contact Arthur Crosby at (859) 971-8067, toll-free at (866) 438-8617, or e-mail crosbylfhc@hotmail.com.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Kentucky Housing Corporation, the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission, the Lexington Fair Housing Council, the Louisville Urban League, the NAACP, the Metropolitan Housing Coalition, the University of Louisville Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, the Fair Housing Coalition, and the Department of Community Services and Revitalization.

Join and share the event on Facebook by clicking here.

 

Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 3:19 pm


The Future of Whiteness

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Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 at 3:50 pm


Anne Braden Southern Patriot at First Unitarian Church

First Unitarian Church logoFirst Unitarian Church Presents “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot”

Sunday, Sept. 30

9:15 am – 10:30 am

809 S. Fourth Street, Louisville, KY

Fifth Sunday Multigenerational Project: Explore and honor the extraordinary life of Anne Braden, a Louisville American civil rights leader. Adults and youth are invited to view the new film Anne Braden: Southern Patriot. Braden’s story exposes the dangers of racism and political repression while also celebrating the power of a woman’s life spent in commitment to social justice.

Following the film, join the Celebration of Life at 11:00 to learn about the work of the Anne Braden Institute, which continues her legacy. As part of the service, a hands-on activity for all ages will help facilitate the important work of the ABI.

Learn more about the event and First Unitarian Church in Louisville here.

Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 at 7:30 am


Take Back The Night

We’re proud to sponsor Take Back the Night with PEACC (Prevention, Education and Advocacy on Campus and In the Community).
Tuesday, Sept. 25
Red Barn Plaza at UofL
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Take Back the Night is an annual event designed to bring together organizations, civic leaders, and individuals of Louisville and Jefferson County to protest violence against women and to promote awareness of the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, which perpetuate this specific type of violence. Take Back the Night is part of University of Louisville’s Week Without Violence, Sept. 18-26.

Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2012 at 12:54 pm


Ain’t I A Person? Poverty and Public Policy Lecture

This event is co-sponsored with the UofL Kent School of Social Work and the School of Public Policy

Ain’t I a Person? A documentary by Keith Kilty

Monday, September 24, 2012

5:00 pm

Chao Auditorium, University of Louisville Ekstrom Library

Click here to watch clips from the film.

Posted on Monday, September 17th, 2012 at 4:00 pm


Day of Peace Symposium

This event is co-sponsored with University of Louisville’s Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation Program.

International Day of Peace Symposium Keynote by Dr. Vincent Harding

“The Last Years of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Future of America”

Thursday, September 20

5:30 pm

University of Louisville Chao Auditorium

Registration Required

For more information about the full-day symposium and to register for this event, please visit:

http://louisville.edu/peace/news-and-events/news-and-events.html

Posted on Monday, September 17th, 2012 at 3:41 pm


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