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February 22, 2021 at 9:09 pm

Screening & Discussion: Celebrating John Lewis’s Legacy, March 11

In celebration of Black History Month, the Center for Law, Justice & Culture and the African American Studies Department invite the campus community to a special screening and discussion of the documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble on March 11, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The panel features Dr. Jelani Favors (Clayton State University), Mr. E. B. Lewis, Dr. Daniel Moak (OU, African American Studies), Dr. Robin Muhammad (OU, African American Studies), and Dr. Kirstine Taylor (OU, Political Science). We will discuss the legacy of John Lewis and the Civil Rights movement, the debates and questions within the movement, and the continuing relevance of these questions today.

The documentary offers an intimate account of legendary U.S. Rep. John Lewis’s life, legacy, and more than 60 years of extraordinary activism – from the bold teenager on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement to the legislative powerhouse. A discussions follows on the Lewis’s legacy and the Civil Rights movement, the debates and questions within the movement, and the continuing relevance of these questions today.

Favors is Associate Professor of History at Clayton State University. He is author of the award winning book Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism (University of North Carolina Press, 2019).

Lewis is illustrator and fine artist. He has illustrated more than 70 books for children, including the 2016 Golden Kite Honor Award, Jabari Asim’s Preaching to the Chicken’s, which gives a fascinating glimpse into the boyhood of Civil Rights leader John Lewis.

Dr. Daniel Moak, standing outside with greenery

Dr. Daniel Moak

Moak is Assistant Professor of African American Studies. He focuses on race and politics, with an emphasis on recognizing voices atypical to the discourse surrounding race.

Dr. Robin D. Muhammad, portrait

Dr. Robin D. Muhammad

Muhammad is Associate Professor of African American Studies. Muhammad is a labor historian who studies workers, their communities and their political institutions. Her current research focuses on the history of industrial workers of African descent. Her book manuscript, Arsenal of Liberation, is a study of the African American experience in 20th-century California.

Kirstine Taylor, portrait

Dr. Kirstine Taylor

Taylor is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Law, Justice & Culture. Taylor’s research focuses on how racial inequality is sustained and reproduced in 20th- and 21st-century American politics, especially as it relates to the American carceral system: law & order politics, policing, segregation, and state violence. Her in-progress book, Law & Order Politics from the Postwar South to Post-Racial America, unearths the surprising relationship between postwar liberalism and the emergence of racialized law-and-order discourses in the midcentury American South.

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