Black Liberation and Pedagogies

Necessary Trouble: Thinking with the Legacy of John R. Lewis

“Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society. “ ― John Lewis

Ready for some Necessary Trouble? In anticipation and in honor of the dedication of John R. Lewis College at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the Division of Social Sciences, Colleges Nine and Ten, the Institute for Social Transformation, and the Center for Racial Justice are organizing five events centered on topics exemplified by the life of Representative John Lewis.

At UC Santa Cruz, we believe that the real change is us. This series will highlight the efforts of faculty, students, staff, community leaders, and alumni in their commitments to social and racial justice, civic engagement and democracy. It is an opportunity for us all to reflect on how we can help carry John R. Lewis’ legacy forward in the future.

Featured Speakers:

Savannah Shange

David Henry Anthony III

Cat Brooks

Andrea del Carmen Vázquez

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March 2, 2022: Solidarities for Justice
March 30, 2022: Social Movements for a Just Society
April 6, 2022: Pathways to Thriving Communities
April 13, 2022: Students as Agents of Transformative Change


Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 4:00pm

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