July 12, 2020

Where Do We Go From Here: A Fundraiser for Black Lives

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series and Boston Review welcome celebrated scholars ELIZABETH HINTON, ROBIN D.G. KELLEY, KEEANGA-YAMAHTTA TAYLOR, and CORNEL WEST for a panel discussion of the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing work of dismantling white supremacy in America. This panel will be moderated by BRANDON TERRY, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Social Studies at Harvard University.

Join Harvard Book Store, Boston Review, and this panel of nationally-renowned academics, authors, and cultural critics for a discussion of not only where we are and how we got here, but where we must go to secure a racially just future.


Fundraiser for Black Lives

All proceeds generated from the sale of books—and from audience donations upon registration—were divided equally and distributed to three fundraising organizations selected by our panelists:

Critical Resistance"Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness." Learn more here.

National Bail Out: "The National Bail Out collective is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. We are people who have been impacted by cages—either by being in them ourselves or witnessing our families and loved ones be encaged. We are queer, trans, young, elder, and immigrant." Learn more here.

The Owl Movement Inc: "OWL is synonymous to One Woman's Love. OWL is an empowerment and mentorship program made up of women whose goals are to provide services to the community." Learn more here.

Further Reading from the Panelists

About Author(s)

Brandon M. Terry is Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Social Studies at Harvard University. He has written or provided commentary for NPRWGBHThe Huffington PostThe Baltimore SunThe PointThe NationTimeMTV NewsBoston Review, and more.

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, and the University of Paris.

Elizabeth Hinton is professor of History, African American Studies, and Law at Yale. She is the author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes and speaks on Black politics, social movements, and racial inequality in the United States. Assistant professor of African-American studies at Princeton University, she is author of Race for Profit and From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, which won the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book in 2016. She is also editor of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective.

Robin D. G. Kelley is the Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at UCLA. He is the author of many books including, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (2009); Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times (2012); Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination (2002); and Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression (1990). He is a Contributing Editor at Boston Review.