In the Face of Ferguson and Baltimore: Writing the Black Freedom Movement, Occupying History

Lecture Description

Building on Lang’s previous work on African American community building and social movements in St. Louis and the urban Border South, this presentation provides social and historical context to the black political mobilizations that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland in the wake of the police-related deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, respectively. This presentation also explores what historians do, or ought to do, when the focus of their work “comes home,” so to speak. Specifically, what are historians’ relationship with, and responsibility to, the subject matter of their research? To put it another way, how do historians creatively inhabit the history that they write?


African American Civil Liberties, Security State

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