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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that there were three evils in the world: capitalism, racism, and militarism. Similarly, Black and Indigenous radicals believed that in order to create a new world, they must challenge racism, capitalism, and colonialism. This talk will explore how Black and Indigenous radicals during the Black and Red Power era imagined a society that values human life in the aftermath of settler colonialism and white supremacy. Through their critiques of capitalism and colonialism, these radicals, through acts of solidarity, demonstrate the possibilities of how we might imagine our co-liberation today.
Kyle T. Mays (he/his) is an Afro-Indigenous (Saginaw Chippewa) writer and scholar of US history, urban studies, race relations, and contemporary popular culture. He is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies, American Indian Studies, and History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Hip Hop Beats, Indigenous Rhymes: Modernity and Hip Hop in Indigenous North America (SUNY Press, 2018), An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States (Beacon Press, 2021), and City of Dispossessions: Indigenous Peoples, African Americans, and the Creation of Modern Detroit (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2022). He contributed a chapter, “Blackness and Indigeneity” to the New York Times bestseller, 400 Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, Keisha Blain and Ibram Kendi (eds.), (New York: Random House, 2021).
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