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April 2018

Ula Taylor Book Talk – “The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam”

April 30 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
6275 Bunche Hall, 315 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The patriarchal structure of the Nation of Islam (NOI) promised black women the prospect of finding a provider and a protector among the organization’s men, who were fiercely committed to these masculine roles. Black women’s experience in the NOI, however, has largely remained on the periphery of scholarship. Here, Ula Taylor documents their struggle to escape the devaluation of black womanhood while also clinging to the empowering promises of patriarchy. Taylor shows how, despite being relegated to a lifestyle that…

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May 2018

Monique Bedasse Book Talk – “Jah Kingdom: Rastafarians, Tanzania, and Pan-Africanism in the Age of Decolonization”

May 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Haines Hall 153, 375 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

Winner of the Anna Julia Cooper and C.L.R. James Award from the National Council for Black Studies, Jah Kingdom uses Rastafarian repatriation to Tanzania to examine the transnational politics of pan-African ideas and praxis following the rise of independent nation-states across the Caribbean and Africa. “Jah Kingdom is the work of a talented, imaginative historian whose innovative approach to Rastafari and black internationalism captures a neglected stream in the long history of Pan-African political aspirations and anticolonial struggles.”—Minkah Makalani, University of Texas at Austin Professor Bedasse holds…

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