Virtual Brown Bag Colloquium: Before Ferguson and Gaza: Palestinian Engagements with the Black Freedom Movement

Dr. Maha Nassar, Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) at UArizona

April 14, 2021, at 12:30 PM

In summer 2014, social justice activists noticed striking similarities between state violence used against Black American protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, and against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Those parallels have led to a growing transnational movement between Black Americans and Palestinians that pushes back against state violence and exclusionary nationalism. Yet Black-Palestinian solidarity has a rich history that goes back nearly a century. In this talk, Dr. Nassar will show how Palestinians have drawn on various streams of Black American thought, radical leftist and internationalist discourses, calls for non-violent resistance, and assertions of cultural pride, to make legible their own racialized conditions.


12:30 p.m. April 14, 2021



Event Contacts

Benjamin Lawrance