Joshua Myers - "We Are Worth Fighting For" - Dr. Makita Shabazz-Kheperu

Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Joshua Myers
"Like the students whose stories populate its pages, We Are Worth Fighting For provides a challenge. It challenges conventional narratives about Howard. It challenges understandings of Black student protest in the ’80s. And it challenges the reader to wrestle with the uses and meaning of history. Cover to cover, this book reflects the state of Black Studies—a discipline that has come of age."—Jonathan Fenderson, author of Building the Black Arts Movement
Joshua Myers discusses We Are Worth Fighting For: A History of the Howard University Protest of 1989. He will joined in conversation with Dr. Makita Shabazz-Kheperu. A Q&A and signing will follow.
Presented in partnership with the Committee on African Studies
At the Co-op
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About the book: We Are Worth Fighting For is the first history of the 1989 Howard University protest. The three-day occupation of the university’s Administration Building was a continuation of the student movements of the sixties and a unique challenge to the politics of the eighties. Upset at the university’s appointment of the Republican strategist Lee Atwater to the Board of Trustees, students forced the issue by shutting down the operations of the university. The protest, inspired in part by the emergence of “conscious” hip hop, helped to build support for the idea of student governance and drew upon a resurgent black nationalist ethos.
About the author: Joshua M. Myers is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies in the Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University. He is the author of We Are Worth Fighting For" (NYU Press, 2019) and the editor of A Gathering Together: Literary Journal. His research interests include Africana intellectual histories and traditions, Africana philosophy, musics, and foodways as well as critical university studies, and disciplinarity. His work has been published in Critical Ethnic Studies Journal, The Journal of African American Studies, The Journal of Pan African Studies, The African Journal of Rhetoric, The Human Rights and Globalization Law Review, Liberator Magazine, and Global African Worker, Pambazuka, Burning House Press, among other literary spaces.
About the interlocutor: Dr. Makita Shabazz-Kheperu is the Chief Instructional Officer for Betty Shabazz International Charter Schools, a pair of African-centered, public elementary schools located in the Greater Grand Crossing and Englewood neighborhoods on Chicago’s south side.  In this role she supervises the work of principals and teachers, monitoring the wholistic development of children in two of her city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. As an undergraduate student at Howard University, Makita began her lifelong battle against structural violence as a member of Black Nia F.O.R.C.E., a campus organization committed to cultural enlightenment.  A mother of four, her hobbies are learning random skills like scuba diving, leatherwork and woodwork.  She enjoys traveling to interact with people of African descent across the diaspora. Her most recent accomplishment has been the founding of Protected Development: Youth Consulting Network for the purpose of serving as a resource for people and organizations dedicated to the development of children of color. 
Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637