Before “Black Lives Matter”: Activism and The Institute on Race Relations, hosted by Dr. Kalfani Turè
Before “Black Lives Matter”: Activism and The Institute on Race Relations, hosted by Dr. Kalfani Turè
WhenFriday, August 28, 2020, 4 – 5 PM
CategoriesAfter Five, Lectures & Discussions, Webcasts & Online
SponsorAnacostia Community Museum
VenueAnacostia Community Museum
Event LocationVirtual

Contemporary issues with race and racism have a long history in the United States (US) and so do collaborative anti-racist movements. Half a century before the emergence of Black Lives Matter, residents of the District of Columbia crossed racial and class lines to unite again racist practices. This talk highlights the substantive, but understudied history of collaborative anti-racist activism in the District of Columbia, and presents related materials in the Anacostia Community Museum’s Archives—specially, records of the Institute on Race Relations, an organization founded by Radio host Tomlinson D. Todd.

Amid anti-racial protests and calls to end police violence in America, Kalfani Turè (pictured) has emerged as one of the nation’s leading experts on policing.  Dr. Turè, is a former police officer, currently Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice at Quinnipiac University and Senior Fellow in the Urban Ethnography Project at Yale University.  A practicing urban ethnographer, Turè earned a postdoctoral certificate in Sociology from Yale University, a Ph.D. in Anthropology from American University, a master’s in Applied Anthropology from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s in African/African American Studies and Criminal Justice from Rutgers.

Currently, he is exploring the ethnographic encounters of law enforcement toward stigmatized and urban African Americans. Other areas of interest and research include race, place & urban crime; law enforcement & urban community relations; police encounters of African American and Latino males; gentrification and urban redevelopment; race and ethnic relations; social theory; and ethnographic method & urban ethnography.

Turè has two book projects underway, “Why Black People Should Train the Police” and “Blue Fragility: Why Police Reform has Failed.” He has provided expertise and insight to national media outlets such as “The New York Times,” “USA Today” and the Associated Press,” and has appeared live on CNN.

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