Writing the History of Student Protest for Black Freedom and Equality

Posted on February 1st, 2019 by

Black Lives Matter protesters kneel and raise their hands in London, July 8, 2016 (Alisdare Hickson, Flickr)

Black Lives Matter protesters kneel and raise their hands in London, July 8, 2016 (Alisdare Hickson, Flickr)

History alum Mike Jirik ’12 has published an eye-opening scholarly post about “[t]he history of student activism for Black freedom and equality” in Black Perspectives, published by the African American Intellectual History Society and considered “the leading online platform for public scholarship on global Black thought, history, and culture” (quoted from the website).

Mike is completing his PhD in History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and his current piece grows out of his dissertation research on 19th-century abolitionism (the movement to abolish slavery) among college students in Britain and the United States. At Gustavus Mike played football and studied African American history with Prof. Emeritus Kate Wittenstein of the History Department. Read Mike’s piece online, from which this image is taken.

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Greg Kaster
Professor of History

 

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