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Protest as Politics: African American Young Adults, Reimagining Democracy

  • Tuesday, February 2, 2021
    4 PM ET
  • Online on Zoom
Group of adults holding signs that read "Black Lives Matter," "End Racism," and "Justice Now"
by DisobeyArt

During these unprecedented times, we have watched young people—a great many of them African Americans—taking to the streets in all 50 states in support of justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, while also seeking to address the current failures of policing, criminal justice, and the economy; as well as the existence of white supremacy and anti-Blackness. How does the precarious position of African American young adults facilitate a reimagining of democracy? What does this reimagining mean for American politics?

The Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture Series was established through the generosity of Kim G. Davis AB ’76, MBA ’78 and Judith N. Davis, longtime friends and champions of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute. This annual lecture series invites leading figures from across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences to share their expertise, ideas, and diverse perspectives with the Harvard community and the broader public.

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Group of adults holding signs that read


Lecture by Cathy J. Cohen, David and Mary Winton Green Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago


Lawrence D. Bobo, dean of social science, W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences, and Harvard College Professor, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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