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.
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, an 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.