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Join us for the virtual Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau program “A Space For Black History” on July 31 from 6 to 7:30PM in partnership with the NCW Equity Alliance.

University of Washington professor Luther Adams – Free Man of Color will incorporate Black thought, images, poetry and local history to create an open space to ask questions about Black history and why it matters to all of us. 

In his program, Adams will talk about how anger against “critical race theory” and “wokeness” has led to new laws prohibiting what can and cannot be taught to students of all ages, and what books can remain in libraries. Why are there efforts to limit this knowledge? Are some ideas just too dangerous? If so, how do we decide what those are as a society? Shouldn’t we have the freedom to think, to know, to aspire? 

Adams is an associate professor of ethnic, gender, and labor studies at the University of Washington, Tacoma. As a student and teacher of Black history and culture, his work brings together the interdisciplinary study of urban, southern, labor, and religious history to understand Black culture and life. He is following up his first book,Way Up North in Louisville: African American Migration in the Urban South, 1930-1970, with a history of African Americans’ long struggle with and against police brutality. 

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