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Webinar: The Black Lives Matter Movement and the Power of Protest

Presented by Allyson Hobbs, Associate Professor of American History, Director of African and African American Studies, Stanford University

Thank you for attending! In this webinar, Associate Professor Allyson Hobbs discussed the historic protests ignited by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others. Putting recent events into a historical context, she explained what made these protests different from those that happened in the past. She also discussed the importance of understanding American history to address systemic racism and what we can do to raise our voices and fight for racial justice.

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Supplemental Reading List (provided by Allyson Hobbs):
  • Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Anne Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi: The Classic Autobiography of Growing Up Poor and Black in the Rural South
  • Sarah Broom, The Yellow House: A Memoir
​Essays (subscription may be required): Other Works:
  • James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
  • Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
  • Sadiya Hartman, Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America
  • Tera Hunter, To 'Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors after the Civil War
  • Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric
  • 1619, a podcast from The New York Times
About the speaker:
Allyson Hobbs is an Associate Professor of American History, the Director of African and African American Studies, and the Kleinheinz Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. She is a contributing writer to The New Yorker and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Her work has appeared in The New York Times online, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian, Politico, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She has appeared on C-SPAN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and the BBC. Allyson’s first book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, published by Harvard University Press in 2014, won the Organization of American Historians’ Frederick Jackson Turner Prize for the best first book in American history and the Lawrence Levine Prize for the best book in American cultural history. The book was also selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2014, a “Best 15 Nonfiction Books by Black Authors in 2014” by The Root, a featured book in the New York Times Book Review Paperback Row in 2016, and a Paris Review “What Our Writers Are Reading This Summer” Selection in 2017.

Questions? Contact: [email protected]