Black Intellectual Gathering: Roots, Religion & Resistance with dr. Zohara Simmons (Civil Rights Movement)

Black Intellectual Gathering: Roots, Religion & Resistance with dr. Zohara Simmons (Civil Rights Movement: Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee)

Throughout history the search for roots and culture and religion have been a source of conflict, but also a source of hope, inspiration and strength to resist oppression. The Christian faith provided a moral compass and inner strength for millions of people such as Martin Luther King Jr. to fight against racial segregation in the US. Malcolm X found his truth in African history and Islam and became one of the most influential black leaders resisting white supremacy in the US from a pan-African perspective. The only succesful revolt against slavery led by Toussaint L'ouverture and thousands of enslaved Africans was inspired by the Voodoo religion in Haiti.

On Sunday May 29th we will have a dialogue on resistance and the connection between systems of oppression: what are the connections between the system of white supremacy in the US, Europe and the Middle East? What are the connections between movements of resistance such as the Civil Rights Movement, the current #BlackLives Matter movement and resistance in Palestine, and what lesson can we lean from these movements? What is the (historical) role of religion in resistance against oppression (Civil Rights Movement, black muslims etc.) and how can we deal with the role of religion in current forms of oppression, especially Islamophobia in the West? We will discuss these questions with special guest dr. Zohara Simmons.


Zohara Simmons was involved in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and participated in non violent resistance actions during the Civil Rights Movement era in the 60s. Eversince she has committed her life to civil and human rights. After converting to Islam she developed a career as an academic teacher in the fiels of Islam, women's studies, African American religion, race, religion and rebellion.

Panelist:

- Mariam el Maslouhi: activist February 20 2011 protest Morocco

Bio: http://www.pbs.org/thisfarbyfaith/witnesses/zohara_simmons.html


Date: Sunday May 29th
Location: Vereniging Ons Suriname / Hugo Olijfveldhuis - Zeeburgerdijk 19-B
Time: 7 - 10 PM
Sign up: via www.nucnet.nl
Entry: €5,-

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