Black Protest: Pop-Up Exhibition
We are a group of students, all majoring in American Studies at LMU Munich's Amerika-Institut, who have joined forces to explore the history of African American protest in the United States of America.
The goal of our project is to uncover and understand the historical context and events that preceded the current “Black Lives Matter” movement. Slave rebellions or the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s are often portrayed as isolated events in American history enabled by charismatic leaders. We aim to highlight that the fight for equality has been a continuous struggle, from the times of slavery until today, driven by multiple protagonists and in a variety of settings.
The individual projects highlight the role of women and other often underrepresented activists; analyze the music of protest, as well as iconic images of African American resistance; scrutinize different forms of protest and leadership; and explore the use of and representations in various media. Together, the projects aspire to situate actors, events, and modes of resistance within a long history of African American protest.
A pop-up-exhibition at Munich’s Amerikahaus from 19 July to 21 will showcase our findings. Performances, talks, and student-led tours invite visitors to listen to, interact with, and participate in the projects on display.
Wednesday, July 19, 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Thursday, July 20, 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday, July 21, 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Amerikahaus, Barerstraße 19 a
Wednesday: Film Screening "I am not your Negro"
Thursday: Panel Discussion
Friday: Poetry and Live Music
The event is held in English.
Organizers: Amerika-Institut LMU Munich, Bavarian American Academy
Our faculty advisors are Ernest Butler, M.A., Penelope Kemekenidou, M.A., and Dr. Bärbel Harju.
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