Black Lives Matter! – Madison Free Skool series on the History of Black Power Politics in Wisconsin!

Starting Mon, Feb 9th, 6:30 pm (come early for potluck at 6:00 pm)

Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative, 426 W. Gilman St

What can we learn from earlier struggles in our own state? How did activists challenge systemic racism in the past? Was black-led resistance effective and if so how? What was the role of allies? How did the forces of hate and the powers of the state respond? These are just some of the questions we hope to discuss in this series.

Suggested short readings will be made available prior to each future session, but feel free to bring your own materials and experiences to share! The Free Skool is designed around the idea that everyone is a learner and a teacher in the process of co-creating our own emancipatory pedagogy (thanks Paulo Freire!) There is also no need to attend earlier sessions, so folks can drop in whenever they can.

Proposed schedule of future discussions include (all 6:30 pm)

Mon. Feb. 9th – Introduction – Why Black Lives Matter

Mon. Feb. 23rd – Escape of Joshua Glover – Wisconsin Abolitionists versus the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act

Mon. March 9th – Free Black Farmers Homestead Wisconsin’s Kickapoo and Join the Civil War

Mon. March 23rd – The KKK Comes to Town – 1920s Racism and Resistance in Madison’s Green Bush

Mon. April 6th – The Selma of the North – “Race Riots” and Milwaukee’s 1960s Civil Rights Movement

Mon. April 20th – Fighting for Identity – 1960s Black Power & Student Protest at UW-Madison

Mon. May 4th – The New Jim Crow Feeding Wisconsin’s 21st century Prison Industrial Complex

Mon. May 18th – Wrap-Up Session – Why Black Lives Still Matter!

For more info? #262-9036

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