Clarence Lang, the author of Grassroots at the Gateway: Class Politics and Black Freedom Struggle in St. Louis, 1936-75, will explore how current events in Black America, such as the recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, that propelled Black Lives Matter to national and international attention, continuously change the meanings attached to past struggles for black freedom. Lang will also examine whether St. Louis is representative of broader US patterns of race relations, racial oppression, and resistance, while discussing ways that contemporary historical framing can inform (or misinform) present-day, post-1960s freedom movements.


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