(PART 4) UNDER THE BLACKLIGHT:
COVID AND DISASTER WHITE SUPREMACY

Panelists:

Bree Newsome is an American filmmaker, musician, speaker, and activist from Charlotte, North Carolina. Newsome drew national attention in 2015 when she climbed the flagpole in front of the South Carolina Capitol building and removed a confederate battle flag that was originally raised in 1961 as a racist statement of opposition to the Civil Rights Movement and lunch counter sit-ins occurring at the time.  Newsome’s act of defiance against the culture of white supremacy has been memorialized in photographs, artwork and film and has become a symbol of resistance and the empowerment of women.

Paul Butler is a professor at Georgetown Law School and researches in the areas of criminal law, race relations law, and critical theory. Paul is one of the nation’s most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice. His scholarship has been the subject of much attention in the academic and popular media. His work has been profiled on 60 Minutes, Nightline, and The ABC, CBS and NBC Evening News, among other places. Paul is the author of the widely reviewed Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice (2009), which received the Harry Chapin Media award, and Chokehold: Policing Black Men (2017).

Jonathan Metzl is a professor and the Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University, a Psychiatrist, and the Research Director of The Safe Tennessee Project, a non-partisan, volunteer-based organization that is concerned with gun-related injuries and fatalities in America and in Tennessee. A 2008 Guggenheim fellow, Professor Metzl has written extensively for medical, psychiatric, and popular publications. His books include The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease (2010), Prozac on the Couch Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality (2005), and the critically acclaimed Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland (2019) which shows how Trump/GOP policies that claim to make white America "great again" end up making the lives of working-class white supporters harder, sicker and shorter—and in the end, threaten everyone’s well-being.

Barbara R. Arnwine is president & founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition, is internationally renowned for contributions on critical justice issues including the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the 2006 reauthorization of provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Currently, she also serves as Co-Chair and Facilitator of the National Commission for Voter Justice, the Millennial Votes Matters Convenings and the Voting Rights Alliance. She was the head of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law from February 1989 until June 2015 and holds the honorific title of President Emeritus. She also created the legendary Voting Rights “Map of Shame” in 2011, which exposed the new modern wave of voter suppression in the states. Her groundbreaking civil rights and human rights advocacy has been honored with many prestigious awards. She is the radio host of Igniting Change and is a regular presence in the national media, and is often quoted in the press.

Kehinde Andrews is an academic, activist, and professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University, director of the Centre for Critical Social Research, founder of the Organisation of Black Unity, and co-chair of the Black Studies Association. According to The Guardian, he is "the UK's first professor of black studies." Andrews is the author of several books including Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century and Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement.

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