The Black Liberation Movement

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This program aired on Thu., Feb 18, 2021
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The murder of George Floyd catapulted Minneapolis to the epicenter of the Black Liberation Movement. What do we mean when we say “Black Liberation” and the “Black Liberation Movement”? What are the catalysts for these movements historically and how have they been met in Minnesota and in the US?

Join distinguished University of St. Thomas professor Dr. Yohuru Williams and a panel of Black history-keepers as they chart the evolution of Black protest in Minnesota and on a national scale, from slavery through today.


Dr. Yohuru Williams, professor, University of St. Thomas

Dr. Yohuru Williams is the Distinguished University Chair and Professor of History and the founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Williams has appeared on a number of local and national radio and tv programs on ABC, CNN, CSPAN, and NPR and is the author of, most recently, Rethinking the Black Freedom Movement. He also hosts the History Channel’s Web show Sound Smart.



Dr. Terry Anne Scott, director of African American Studies, Hood College

Dr. Terry Anne Scott is an author and associate professor of American history and Director of African American Studies at Hood College in Maryland. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her research, teaching, and community outreach and is heavily involved in community service and social activism.


Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, professor of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Peniel E. Joseph is the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and professor of history and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin. Time magazine named his book “The Sword and The Shield and Stokely: A Life” a Must-Read Book of 2020.


Dr. Keith Mayes, associate professor of African American and African Studies, University of Minnesota

Dr. Keith Mayes is an associate professor in the Department of African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota. Mayes is an expert on African American history, primarily from the 1960s to present. He has special expertise on social and political movements and current issues of race and perception.