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Kevin Gaines, the Julian Bond Professor of Civil Rights and Social Justice, with a joint appointment in the Corcoran Department of History and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies, joined On-Air with UVA for a thoughtful conversation. Professor Gaines discussed “Understanding the Global Protests: The African American Freedom Struggle and the World.”
During the conversation with UVA alumni, parents, and friends, Professor Gaines highlighted the history of the global dimensions of the US civil rights movements in seeking answers to these questions.
- How might we explain the immediate eruption of anti-racism protests following the police killing of George Floyd, not only throughout the United States, but also abroad, in many cities across the UK, Europe, Japan, and Australia?
- Are there comparisons between the current reckoning with histories of slavery and Jim Crow segregation in the United States and a similar reassessment overseas, with histories of the slave trade, colonialism, and anti-black discrimination?
- What is the relationship between the global anti-racism protests and the challenge to Western liberal democracies from external and internal illiberal threats?