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Rap Sessions: Dr. King's Legacy

Date: Thursday - January 18, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Wiegand Theatre

Rap Sessions with Bakari Kitwana, JasiriX, Yusef Salaam & Rana Abdelhamid

Run Toward Fear: Dr. King's Legacy & Youth Activism in the 21st Century

  • Thursday, January 18, 2017
  • 6:30 p.m., Weigand Theatre (doors open at 6 p.m.)
  • St. Ignatius College Preparatory
  • Free Admission

The program will include a panel discussion, moderated by Bakari, followed by small group breakouts focusing on issues of human dignity. This forum explores the intersection of the goals of the Civil Rights Movement / Dr. King’s vision and contemporary national debates that are defining a generation under coming of age during the Donald Trump presidency.

From the recent historic tax bill, net neutrality, the Muslim Travel Ban, the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, and the #MeToo movement to the Trump Administration National Security Strategy, challenges facing the DACA program that protected 800,000 children of immigrants, and racially charged protests from United the Right (Charlottesville) to “Stand With Kaepernick” (NFL). 

Run Toward Fear features an engaging panel of nationally recognized thought leaders from the frontline of contemporary political debates. This interactive discussion invites students to a safe space for thinking through Dr. King’s vision of “The Beloved Community” (a society based on justice, equal opportunity and love for one’s fellow human beings) as it overlaps with the most important issues of our time. This townhall style dialogue challenges students to re-imagine youth civic engagement amidst the contemporary political landscape.

  • Jasiri X (Hip-Hop Artist / Activist 1Hood)
  • Rana Abdelhamid (Women’s Initiative For Self-Empowerment)
  • Yusef Salaam (Exonerated member of the Central Park 5)
  • Moderated by Bakari Kitwana (author, The Hip-Hop Generation)

This forum explores the intersection of the goals of the Civil Rights Movement / Dr. King’s vision and contemporary national debates that are defining a generation under coming of age during the Donald Trump presidency.

From the recent historic tax bill, net neutrality, the Muslim Travel Ban, the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, and the #MeToo movement to the Trump Administration National Security Strategy, challenges facing the DACA program that protected 800,000 children of immigrants, and racially charged protests from United the Right (Charlottesville) to “Stand With Kaepernick” (NFL).  

Run Toward Fear features an engaging panel of nationally recognized thought leaders from the frontline of contemporary political debates. This interactive discussion invites students to a safe space for thinking through Dr. King’s vision of “The Beloved Community” (a society based on justice, equal opportunity and love for one’s fellow human beings) as it overlaps with the most important issues of our time. This townhall style dialogue challenges students to re-imagine youth civic engagement amidst the contemporary political landscape.

Jasiri X is the first independent hip-hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, which he received from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016. This recognition grew out of the spiritual/political urgency and artistic vision he shared in songs like “Justice For Trayvon” and “Strange Fruit (Class of 2013),” which documented the police killings of young Blacks in the Millennial Generation. Likewise, he has been deeply involved with the national Movement for Black Lives, working with organizations like The Gathering for Justice, Blackout for Human Rights, Justice or Else, BYP100 and Sankofa. Still, he remains rooted in the Pittsburgh based organizations he co-founded, the anti-violence group One Hood as well as the New Media Academy, which teaches African-American boys how to analyze and create media for themselves. Jasiri emerged on the national scene in 2007 with the powerful hit song “Free The Jena 6” and the groundbreaking Internet video series This Week With Jasiri X, a program that reached millions of Internet views. More recently, his critically acclaimed album Black Liberation Theology (2015) has been recognized as a soundtrack for today’s civil rights movement. He has performed his music from the Smithsonian to the Apollo Theater and has discussed his views on hip-hop, race and politics at leading institutions across the nation, including Harvard University, the University of Chicago, NYU, Stanford, among others. Jasiri X is a 2015 Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellow, and the recipient of the 2016 BMe Award, and the 2017 Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship.

Rana Abdelhamid is an internationally acclaimed human rights organizer, martial artist and social entrepreneur focused on the empowerment of marginalized communities. She is the founder and CEO of the International Muslim Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE), a global self-defense and empowerment training organization that trains young Muslim women to confront gender based and anti-Muslim violence. In 2017 WISE held the National Muslim Women's Summit at Harvard University, training 50 Muslim American women in leadership and organizing. Over the past seven years, WISE has engaged thousands of participants through its self-defense programs across the US and Europe. Abdelhamid is also the Founder of Hijabis of NY, an online platform that highlights the stories of hijabi women. Rana Abdelhamid is an anti-hate crime martial artist and self-defense instructor with a 1st Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate certified under the New York State Black Belt Association. She has been practicing martial arts for the past 12 years and has taught for over 8 years globally.

Abdelhamid is also a longtime activist with Amnesty International USA and currently serves as the youngest member of their National Executive Board of Directors. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Elle.com, Mic.com, Aljazeera, BBC, CBS and PBS. Abdelhamid is a recipient of the UNAUSA Leo Nevas International Human Rights Youth Award, a New York City Council Proclamation, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the Running Start Rising Political Star Award and has been invited as a speaker at the Apollo Theater, Harvard University, Rutgers University and the United Nations, among many other prestigious institutions. She is a recent graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she received a Masters in Public Policy with a focus on social and urban policy.

Abdelhamid is also a longtime activist with Amnesty International USA and currently serves as the youngest member of their National Executive Board of Directors. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Elle.com, Mic.com, Aljazeera, BBC, CBS and PBS. Abdelhamid is a recipient of the UNAUSA Leo Nevas International Human Rights Youth Award, a New York City Council Proclamation, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the Running Start Rising Political Star Award and has been invited as a speaker at the Apollo Theater, Harvard University, Rutgers University and the United Nations, among many other prestigious institutions. She is a recent graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she received a Masters in Public Policy with a focus on social and urban policy.

Yusef Salaam is a motivational speaker who serves on the board of The Campaign to End the Death Penalty and the Learn My History Foundation, an organization dedicated to youth empowerment, education and change. He’s the inspiration behind People United for Children Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving youth in the juvenile and foster care systems. In 1989, he was one of the five boys—four black and one Latino—tried and convicted for the brutal rape of a young woman in New York City’s Central Park. They became known as “The Central Park Five.” Their convictions were vacated in 2002 after spending between six and 13 years of their lives behind bars. The now exonerated Yusef Salaam, who was 15 years old when he was wrongly convicted, has committed himself to advocating and educating people on the issues of false confessions, police brutality and misconduct, press ethics and bias, race and law, and the disparities in America’s criminal justice system. In 2012, documentarians Ken and Sarah Burns released the documentary The Central Park Five, which tells this travesty from the perspective of Salaam and his cohorts.

Bakari Kitwana is an internationally known cultural critic and thought leader in the area of hip-hop, youth culture, and Black political engagement. A senior media fellow at the Harvard Law based think tank The Jamestown Project, Kitwana is the Executive Director of Rap Sessions, which conducts townhall meetings on difficult dialogues facing the Millennial and Hip-Hop Generations. The former Editor-in-Chief of The Source magazine, he is the co-founder of the first ever National Hip-Hop Political Convention, which brought over 4000 18-29 year-olds to Newark, NJ in 2004 to create and endorse a political agenda for the hip-hop generation. The 2007-2008 Artist-in-Residence at the Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, Kitwana is the author of Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop and the forthcoming Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama Era. His groundbreaking 2002 book The Hip-Hop Generation popularized the expression “the hip-hop generation” and has been adopted as a coursebook in classrooms at over 100 college and universities. Kitwana served on the organizing committee for the 2013 Black Youth Project convening that launched the millennial Black activist group BYP100. In 2015, he edited an essay series for Mic.com on race and policing, “Shifting Perceptions: Being Black in America.” Also in 2015, he was part of a group of Cleveland activists called “The Cleveland 8” that filed affidavits challenging the city to arrest the officers who murdered 12 year-old Tamir Rice outside of a community recreation center.

 


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