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The Role of Culture in Social Change
Participants Kathleen Cleaver, Monica Dennis, Jamal Joseph, Carmen Perez, Laura Whitehorn, Soffiyah Elijah, Elizabeth Sackler

An intergenerational conversation among activists from the 1960s to today, from the Weather Underground to #BlackLivesMatter. The discussion will focus on the central role the arts have played in many social movements. From Miriam Makeba, Pete Seeger, and Emory Douglas to Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Eugene Jarecki, and Usher, artists, past and present, contribute to social justice efforts.

Panelists: Kathleen Cleaver, law professor and former Communications Secretary for the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense; Monica Dennis, New York Organizer for Black Lives Matter; Jamal Joseph, filmmaker, author, professor at Columbia University School of the Arts, and youngest member of the Panther 21; Carmen Perez, Executive Director of the Justice League; and Laura Whitehorn, organizer for RAPP, former editor of Poz magazine, and former member of the Weather Underground. The discussion will be moderated by Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director of the Correctional Association of New York. Introduction by Elizabeth Sackler. Video courtesy of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation.

Part of the ongoing Sackler Center series, States of Denial: The Illegal Incarceration of Women, Children, and People of Color.

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