History of Black Protest
Pop-Up Exhibition / Free admission
About the curation of this exhibition
Over the course of a semester students of LMU’s American Studies program have set out to explore the historical context and events that preceded the current #blacklivesmatter movement.
This multimedia pop-up exhibition showcases the students’ findings. Performances, talks, and student-led tours invite visitors to listen to, interact with, and participate in the projects on display.
See detailed program at http://www.amerikanistik.uni-muenchen.de/black-protest-2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Thursday, July 20, 2017, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Friday, July 21, 2017, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
About the exhibition
Slave rebellions or the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s are often portrayed as isolated events in American history, enabled by charismatic leaders like Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. We aim to complicate dominant narratives of African Americans’ fight against institutional racism and police violence. Drawing attention to different manifestations and modes of protest, our projects will show that the fight for equality has been a continuous struggle, from the times of slavery until today, driven by multiple protagonists and in a variety of settings.
The individual projects highlight the important role of women and other often underrepresented activists; analyze musical expressions of protest – from blues and jazz to soul and hip hop; they will examine iconic images of African American resistance and the media attention they garnered; scrutinize different forms of resistance, ranging from Jean-Michel Basquiat’s paintings that challenge police brutality to U.S. athletes’ public expressions of protest; and explore the role of celebrities who join the fight for civil rights.
Our projects want to raise questions and invite the audience to join us in attempting to answer them: What are the continuities and discontinuities between earlier movements and the emerging #blacklivesmatter movement? What is the role of the media industry in shaping the discourse on race and racism? How have the dynamics of political protest changed? Together, the projects aspire to situate actors, events, and modes of resistance within a long history of African American protest.
Organizers: Amerika-Institut LMU München, Bavarian American Academy