Dr. Keisha N. Blain, a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow and a Class of 2022 Carnegie Fellow, is an award-winning historian and writer with broad interests in 20th century United States, African American History, the modern African Diaspora, and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is a Full Professor of Africana Studies and History at Brown University. She is also a columnist for MSNBC and past president of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) from 2017 to 2021. Blain has published extensively on race, gender, and politics in both national and global perspectives. She is the author of the highly acclaimed books Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (2018) and Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America (2021). She is also the co-editor of four books: To Turn the Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism (2019); New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition (2018); and Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence (2016). Her most recent volume is the #1 New York Times Best Seller Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, edited with Ibram X. Kendi (2021).
NEW in 2021: Until I am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America (Beacon Press)
Anti-racism is the active process of identifying and eliminating racism in society. At a fundamental level, anti-racist work represents an ongoing commitment to dismantling systems of oppression and challenging structures, policies, practices and attitudes that perpetuate legacies of racism. In this talk, Dr. Blain discusses the importance of anti-racist principles to the larger goals of dismantling structures of inequality in the United States and redressing past harms and injustices. The talk draws upon lessons from history to highlight various strategies and solutions to current challenges in American society.