The Black Liberation Movement and Radical Community Education

 Humanities Center     Oct 19 2020 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Zoom

The Black Liberation Movement and Radical Community Education

Rosa Parks visits the Oakland Community School, Personal Collection of Ericka Huggins


Moderator:  Krystal Tribbett (UCI Libraries)

Ericka Huggins (Facilitator of Conversations on Racial Equity, Leader of the Black Panthers, Human Rights Activist and Poet)
Angela LeBlanc-Ernest (Independent Scholar and Filmmaker; Director: The Oakland Community School Documentary Project; Co-Founder: The Intersectional Black Panther Party History Project)
Damien Sojoyner (Anthropology)
Roderic Crooks (Informatics)

This event is 60 minutes and will include a Q&A session. For those who are interested, please stay for a bonus 30 minute facilitated discussion.
Discussion Facilitators:

Jessica Gonzalez (Logic and Philosophy of Science)
Toni Hays (English)
Bryan Murray (Linguistic Studies, Education)

Suggested Readings:

• Kevin Kruse, “What does a Traffic Jam in Atlanta have to do with Segregation? Quite a Lot,” pp. 48-49
• Bryan Stevenson, “Slavery Gave America a Fear of Black People and a Taste for Violent Punishment. Both Still Define Our Prison System,” pp. 80-81
• Djeneba Abudayom, “Their Ancestors were enslaved by law. Today, they are graduates of the nation’s pre-eminent historically black law school,” pp. 86—93
• Mary Elliott & Jazmine Hughes, “Most Americans still don’t know the full story of slavery. This is the history you didn’t learn in school” The 1619 Project online
• Nikita Stewart, “‘We are committing educational malpractice’: Why Slavery is mistaught - and worse - in  American schools,” The 1619 Project online

To read the 1619 Project, see:  (
To access the podcasts, see: (
To participate in The 1619 Project in 2020: Student Showcase (one minute reflection videos eligible for gift card drawings), see:

The 1619 Project in 2020

The 1619 Project, published by the New York Times, retells the history of the U.S. by foregrounding the arrival 401 years ago of enslaved Africans to Virginia. Through a series of essays, photos, and podcasts, the 1619 Project charts the impact of slavery on the country’s founding principles, economy, health care system, racial segregation of neighborhoods and schools, popular music and visual representations. Conversations around the 1619 project have served as a flashpoint for intensive ideological debates about its content and impact. It has been both widely lauded and subjected to critiques from academics, journalists, pundits and policymakers who challenge its accuracy and its interpretation of history. Conservative politicians even seek to defund schools that teach the project. What is the power of the 1619 Project to reframe our understanding of U.S. history and our contemporary society? How might we go beyond the 1619 Project to develop an even fuller understanding of the centrality of slavery and race in the U.S. and in the broader Atlantic world?  Join us for month plus exploration of The 1619 Project, which culminates in the visit of Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of the project.

The 1619 Project series is presented by UCI Humanities Center and is co-sponsored by: UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative, UCI Black Thriving Initiative, School of Humanities, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Ecology, School of Social Sciences, UCI Libraries, Academic English, Composition Program, Center for Latin American Studies, Center on Law, Equality, and Race, Center for Medical Humanities, International Center for Writing and Translation, Literary Journalism and Center for Storytelling, Office of Inclusive Excellence, Student Affairs, Staff Assembly, AAPI Womxn in Leadership and Academic and Professional Women of UCI.