Saturday, 14 October 2017
Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Ave NE,
Atlanta, GA 30303
12:00 Noon – 6:00 pm
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Black Power and Community Self-Defense: Then and Now.
Dr. Akinyele Umoja (author of We Will Shoot Back) will facilitate a discussion of black Community Self-Defense from the 1906 Atlanta race riots to the present day. Scholar-activist Modibo Kadalie will recall his experience helping to organize the famous “Bat Patrols” in the Techwood Homes community, which emerged in response to a string of child murders in Atlanta from 1979-1981. Haroun Wakil will discuss his work organizing with the Street Groomers, a local organization that uses direct action to resist violence and police harrassment in Atlanta’s West End community and beyond.
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Afrocentrism and Afro-futurism in the Visual Arts
Dawud Anyabwile (illustrator of Brotherman Comics), Makeda Lewis (author and illustrator of Avie’s Dreams), and celebrated Afrofuturist painter Tim Short will share their work and discuss the role of visual arts in resistance movements and the struggle for social freedom.
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Taking Back Queer: Pride and Beyond
Speakers Taryn Jordan, Britt Bailey Dunn, and Sara Khaled will address the co-optation of gay identity by capitalism and consumer culture, and how to fight back against that co-optation through radical projects.
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Speakers will address the legacy of fascism in America, discuss the rich history of anti-fascist activity, and lay out strategies for confronting and resisting fascism during the Trump era and beyond.