RESCHEDULED: Bearing Witness While Black: African Americans, Smartphones, and the New Protest #Journalism
Join us Wednesday, May 19, 2021 for a virtual lecture by Dr. Allissa Richardson, author of "Bearing Witness While Black: African Americans, Smartphones and the New Protest #Journalism" (Oxford University Press, 2020). Dr. Richardson will discuss how smartphone testimony from two brave Minnesotans, Diamond Reynolds and Darnella Frazier, galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement in 2016 and 2020, when they filmed the police killings of Philando Castile and George Floyd, respectively. Both Reynolds and Frazier were engaging in a centuries-old practice of Black witnessing, which has always harnessed the power of journalism to shine a light on deadly racism. Dr. Richardson will draw connections between 19th- and 20th-century African American newspapers in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and today’s Black citizen journalists.
A Q & A and moderated discussion will follow the lecture, facilitated by Dr. Danielle Kilgo, John & Elizabeth Bates Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.