“Twitter is the revolution”: recycling Panther protest for #BlackLivesMatter

Hannah Jeffery is a PhD student at The University of Nottingham, working with Professor Zoe Trodd on the AHRC-funded Antislavery Usable Past Project. Her project examines the antislavery usable past in 1960s protest movements, as a model for contemporary abolitionism. In doing this, she seeks to understand how Black Power advocates used the memory and legacy …

People often think they know Martin Luther King Jr, but do they?

Guest post by Peter Ling, Professor of American Studies, Head Department of American and Canadian Studies Look at the new statue in Washington, featured on our poster. Its design was controversial because some felt it made King look too stern and forbidding a figure, but maybe it corrected a false perception of him and his …

Black History Month film festival — screening civil rights

The Black History Month film festival takes place next week. The Department of American and Canadian Studies is screening two films which focus on interracial friendships. Profs Sharon Monteith and Zoe Trodd will be discussing how Hollywood deals with these relationships by comparing two very different films. The Help will screen on Tuesday, Freedom Song on …