“Black Emancipations: Commemorating ‘A New Birth of Freedom’ in Africa & the African Diaspora”
Saturday, November 16, 2013
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Gettysburg College Keynote Speaker: Dr. Angela Davis
9:00 – 10:30 am: “Fifty Years Later: Re-interrogating Decolonization and Liberation” An interdisciplinary panel discussion reflects on fifty years since Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the meaning of decolonization in Africa and in the African Diaspora since then.
11:00 am – 12:30 pm: “Past Speaking Truth to the Present: Language and Hip Hop in Black Resistance” A panel will demonstrate how linguistics and hip hop scholarship provides an analytical lens for examining language and music as a dynamic catalyst in black resistance movement past and present in the United States and Europe.
Lunch (12:30 – 1:30 pm)
1:30 – 3:00 pm: “Celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the Gettysburg Address: A New Birth of Black Freedom in the United States” A roundtable discussion among top historians exploring how new directions in the Civil Way era historiography may or may not provide useful ways of considering diverse African American experiences and strategies as they responded to emancipation, both during the Civil War and the hundred years following.
4:00 – 5:00 pm: Keynote Address: Dr. Angela Davis Author of The Meaning of Freedom, Are Prisons Obsolete?, and Abolition Democracy