This cafe explores how Black History Month both helps and hinders forward movement for the Black community. Guests Akilah Hamilton, Parker Johnson and Jessica Oddy take stock of where we are, how we got here and how we move forward while building collective capacity and courage.
What are the common understandings of why we celebrate Black History Month and for whom do we celebrate it? Are the moments of pride for Black communities the same as the national narratives and how are the continued protests for civil rights framed by both?
This cafe explores how Black History Month both helps and hinders forward movement for the Black community. How much are we talking about current Black Lives vs. the narrowed framing of past leaders with universal appeal (such as Martin Luther King)? How much does the American narrative obscure the specifics of how Black identity is experienced across the border and beyond? How much of the inequity gap have we really closed?