Robert Fitch Memorial Lecture
Keeanga-Yamhtta Taylor [], Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University
3:30pm, LaGuardia’s Main Stage Theater
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes on Black politics, social movements, and racial inequality in the United States. Her book From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket Books, 2016), is an examination of the history and politics of Black America and the development of the social movement Black Lives Matter in response to police violence in the United States. It won the 2016 Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book. Her articles have been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Jacobin, New Politics, The Guardian, In These Times, Black Agenda Report, Ms., International Socialist Review, and other publications.

Taylor’s research examines race and public policy including American housing policies. Dr. Taylor is currently working on a manuscript titled Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s, which looks at the federal government’s promotion of single-family homeownership in Black communities after the urban rebellions of the 1960s. Taylor looks at how the federal government’s turn to market-based solutions in its low-income housing programs in the 1970s impacted Black neighborhoods, Black women on welfare, and emergent discourses on the urban “underclass”. Taylor is interested in the role of private sector forces, typically hidden in public policy making and execution, in the “urban crisis” of the 1970s.

Dr. Taylor will be introduced by Doug Henwood. Henwood edits the Left Business Observer, is a contributing editor of The Nation, and hosts a radio weekly program called “Behind the News.” His latest book is My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets The Presidency.


Links of interest:

From Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor,  Introduction and Chapter 6 [], in From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.

From Bob Fitch: Chapter 1, “The Fire this Time,” [] in Assassination of New York.


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