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Stage for Debate: NEW DATE: Stage for Debate: Touré and Khalil Gibran Muhammad with Dorian Warren
February 29, 2012
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Auditorium
In his new book, Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means to Be Black Now, Touré shares a perspective on how black people see themselves in an America now led by a black president. Touré - a correspondent for MSNBC, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of three previous books -- interviews 105 luminaries to help him in his goal of "attacking[ing] and destroy[ing] the idea that there is a correct or legitimate way of doing blackness.”
Schomburg Director, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, recently won the coveted John Hope Franklin Publication Prize for his book, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America. Through meticulous research and compelling narrative, Dr. Muhammad establishes how the idea of black criminality was crucial to the making of modern urban America, as were African Americans’ own ideas about race and crime. Chronicling the emergence of deeply embedded notions of black people as a dangerous race of criminals by explicit contrast to working-class whites and European immigrants, this fascinating book reveals the ongoing influence such ideas have had on urban development and social policies.
Columbia’s Dorian Warren will be on hand to moderate the Debate. Dorian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, as well as co-chair of the board of the Applied Research Center.
Touré and Khalil Gibran Muhammad: persuasive analysts with conflicting conclusions about whether embracing “post-blackness” limits or increases individual freedom. Again, where will you come out in the end?
After all Stage for Debate programs, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the participants’ books and have them signed by the authors.