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Agora Series: Stokely: The Unfinished Revolution

"What we need is Black Power" - Stokely Carmichael

May 23, 2024

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The Agora Series is comprised of public discussions in which thinkers, creatives, and activists share bold ideas and shed light on the lived experiences of Chicagoans today; these conversations connect the ideas on Court’s stage with current events.

This installment of the Agora Series complements the world premiere of Stokely: The Unfinished Revolution. It is presented in partnership with the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection as part of the Black Power Series. All events in the Black Power Series are free and open to the public.

When articulating how he defined “Black Power”, Stokely Carmichael interpreted it as “a call for Black People in this country to unite, to recognize their heritage and build a sense of community”. Chief among his goals, and that of many of Stokley’s contemporaries, was the establishment of spaces for Black thought and Black studies – for the present and for posterity. These efforts fostered a spirit of solidarity and bolstered the organizing power of a critically engaged Black America, across a diverse range of liberatory approaches and perspectives. In the second installment of this year’s Agora Series we’ll be in conversation with scholars and artist-educators who invoke Black archives to proliferate and preserve the culture today. 

May 23, 2024 | Woodson Regional Library, Chicago Public Library (9525 S Halsted St., Chicago, IL, 60628) | Doors at 5:00pm and Vivian G. Harsh Exhibition on View | Conversation at 5:30pm  

Chicago Public Library will be livestreaming this event for guests unable to attend in person. Only one registration per household is needed and you’ll receive an email with a link to the secure Zoom meeting about 24 hours before the event. Questions about attending Chicago Public Library’s online events? Check out their Events FAQs.

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Photo of Stokely Carmichael courtesy of Alamy.

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Honoring Legacy

Director of Engagement Kamilah Rashied and Raquel Flores-Clemons, archivist and head of the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection, discuss the importance of preservation, setting the stage for the Black Power Series.

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