Thursday, February 9, 2017
6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Main Building, A.J. Picture Gallery - 3rd floor, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
In the wake of a series of police shootings of young men and women, we have witnessed the formation of the Black Lives Matter social movement. This movement has galvanized the African American community to push for large-scale criminal justice, economic and political reforms, just as America’s first Black president leaves office. Symbolically, the passing of the torch from a black presidency to a black social movement has returned the spotlight to the significant role of organizing and protests in the push for social justice for African Americans and other minority and disadvantaged groups throughout the United States. Remembering the central role of grassroots organizers reveals the role that women of color have historically played in leading, sustaining, and creating the social movements necessary to change our society.