One Begins Again: Organizing & the Historical Imagination
February 20, 2021 · 9:30 am-12:00 pm · Zoom
Department of African American Studies; Rutgers University
The 41st Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture
Conference: “One Begins Again: Organizing & the Historical Imagination”
Alicia Garza, civil rights activist and author
Bill Fletcher Jr., activist and scholar
Cara Page, curator and organizer
Moderator: Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois at Chicago
Alicia Garza, Bill Fletcher Jr., and Cara Page, each in important ways, speak about organizing as a means to healing generations of society-wide injustice.
Each has devoted their lives to the work of organizing, understanding the conditions shaped by the past, and testing what works and what doesn’t.
Each demonstrates how this invested, critical-practical work of understanding deep historical patterns helps us reimagine the present to invest it with the possibilities of change.
Each envisions better, potential Americas, or in the words of Langston Hughes, “The land that never has been yet—And yet must be.”
This forward-moving, liberating historical imagination is an act of aware, purpose-filled, enriched living in the here and now.
This visioning sparks ongoing movement building and the new possibilities for a life- and planet-sustaining near future.