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Provost’s Forum Addresses Rising Tensions in Community-Police Interactions

Sam Sinyangwe, co-founder of Campaign Zero speaks on the panel, “Dissecting Police and Civilian Interactions,” an exploration of the culture and practice of policing.

From Duke Today:

On Friday, March 3, an audience of nearly 400 came together in Penn Pavilion for a day-long forum on a Forum on Race, Community and the Pursuit of Justice sponsored by Provost Sally Kornbluth. Organized by a steering committee of Duke faculty, the forum addressed topics of mass incarceration of people of color in the United States, police engagement with communities of color, training methods for de-escalation of crises, the demographics of US police forces and the burden placed on police departments to resolve deep rooted social and economic problems.

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Hip-Hop, #BlackLivesMatter and the Politics of Blackness


On Wednesday evening, March 30, longtime activist, journalist and author Bakari Kitwana spoke with Professor Mark Anthony Neal about the role of hip-hop in the era of #BlackLivesMatter as well as its continued impact on mainstream understanding of blackness. Kitwana is the executive director of Rap Sessions, Kitwana flieran organization that hosts a series of community dialogues. It is currently touring the country on the theme, “Election 2016: Reform or Revolution?”

Kitwana has served as the executive editor of The Source, editorial director at Third World Press, and co-founded the first National Hip-Hop Political Convention. He has authored several books, including the forthcoming, Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama Era.

Kitwana is one of several guest speakers Neal has invited for History of Hip-Hop 6.0, a spring 2016 undergraduate course that he co-teaches with Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder. The class, open to the public, meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 p.m. in White Lecture Hall on Duke’s East Campus.

The talk was co-sponsored by the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship, the Department of African American Studies and the weekly webcast, Left of Black.