Not the Civil Rights Movement – Queering Black Liberation Cathy Cohen Awarded!

Dr. Cathy Cohen

Dr. Cathy Cohen, writer, scholar, activist

To commemorate the weekend of Dr. King’s birth, as LGBTQI people of African Descent who are writers, publishers, documentarians, poets, content creators, living ancestors, we are often riddled with questions on how to adequately approach conversations of race and sexual orientation in our work. How do we as members of various communities respond to and participate in #BlackLivesMatter movements as they have risen throughout the country?

We recommend hearing from Cathy Cohen #DoBlackLivesMatter? From Michael Brown to CeCe McDonald: On Black Death and LGBTQ Politics. Cohen is the recipient of the annual CLAGS Kessler Award lecture, which has been the talk of the LGBTQ town. Introduced by scholars and friends, Cohen articulately outlines (begins at around 31:08 mins) how #blacklivesmatter in LGBT politics by evaluating political solidarity. The lecture is delivered in three parts: 1) Multicultural Neoliberalism and the Unmaking of Michael Brown, 2) Forming Solidarity: LGBT Complicity = Black Death, and finally, 3) This is Not the Civil Rights Movement: The Queering of Black Liberation.  

Please note, an explicit video begins Cohen’s lecture. It is meant to ground us, to ensure we are unified in our movement toward Black Liberation.


About Dr. Cathy Cohen:
Dr. Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the
University of Chicago. She has also served as Deputy Provost for Graduate Education and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago. Cohen is the author of DemocracyRemixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics (Oxford University Press) and The Boundaries ofBlackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (University of Chicago Press, 1999). She is co-editor ofWomen Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader (NYU Press, 1997) with Kathleen Jones and Joan Tronto. She was a founding board memberand former co-chair of the board of the Audre Lorde Project in NY. She was also on the board of Kitchen Table:Women of Color Press as well as the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at CUNY. Cohen was a foundingmember of Black AIDS Mobilization (BAM!) and was one of the core organizers of two international conferences“Black Nations / Queer Nations?” and “Race, Sex, Power.” Cohen has also served as an active member in numerousorganizations such as the Black Radical Congress, African American Women in Defense of Ourselves, and Ella’sDaughters. Currently, Cohen serves as a Board Member of the Arcus Foundation and a Governing Board memberof the University of Chicago’s four charter schools. She is also the founder and director of the Black Youth 2014 Kessler Award Lecture took place at the Elabash Recital Hall, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, on December 14. It was also livestreamed

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