A symposium exploring black intellectual thought, military presence and jazz cultures in post-war Paris
Keynote speaker: Minkah Makalani (University of Texas at Austin)
Special guests: Jason Moran and Soweto Kinch
Explore the connections between Black intellectual thought, military presence, and jazz cultures at the critical juncture of Paris in the immediate post-war period. Learn how pan-Africanism, Black nationalism, anti-colonialism and civil rights became embedded in post-war culture, and find out how jazz speaks to otherwise overlooked Black histories.
It was an instance of the renewed determination of African Americans in the fight for equality spurred by the war – as W E B DuBois proclaimed in an editorial that ran in the May 1919 issue of Crisis: 'We return from fighting. We return fighting. Make way for Democracy!'
This symposium takes an interdisciplinary approach to reconsider the overlaps taking place in wartime Europe, through the crystalising lens of Paris in the immediate post-war period. It also asks what these histories have meant for future generations of black activists and cultural producers.
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Your ticket includes entry to the Jason Moran event that follows.
Image: The 369th Infantry band in Paris. COL Goldenberg/New York National Guard