What Would Mama Do? Anti-violence Organizing Among Black Mothers of Murdered Children

Melynda Price, LAPA Fellow; University of Kentucky College of Law

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 4:30pm
301 Marx Hall
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Abstract:  "This paper takes up the question of how we understand activism among black mothers of murdered children. I focus on activism as both the move from grief to politics and the impact of these mothers on the political landscape in which they are active.  By focusing on the work of Clementine Barfield and Save Our Sons and Daughters (SOSAD), I explore these questions in 1980s Detroit at beginning of the drug crisis associated with the arrival of crack to inner cities and the associated violence. "

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Melynda Price
2016-2017 LAPA Fellow
University of Kentucky College of Law

Melynda Price is the Robert E. Harding, Jr. Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law and the Director of African American and Africana Studies program.  Her research focuses on race and citizenship, the politics of punishment and the role of law in the politics of race and ethnicity in the U.S. and at its borders. She is the author of At the Cross: Race, Religion and Citizenship in the Politics of the Death Penalty (2015).  She has published in the Iowa Law Review, the Michigan Journal of Race and Law and other legal journals as well as the New York TimesTidal Basin Review and Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture.  She also blogs at ivorytowerinterloper.blogspot.com Professor Price has a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Michigan.  She also earned a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and studied Physics as an undergraduate at Prairie View A&M University.

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Imani Perry
Princeton University

Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers professor of African American studies at Princeton University, where she is also affiliated with the Programs in Law and Public Affairs and Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of: More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States (NYU, 2011) and Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop (Duke, 2004) as well as numerous articles in the fields of law, cultural studies and African American studies. She has a forthcoming book on the history of the Black National anthem from Oxford University Press and another on gender, neoliberalism and the digital age from Duke University Press.