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Black Protest: Pop-Up Exhibition

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About Us

We are a group of students, all majoring in American Studies at LMU Munich's Amerika-Institut, who have joined forces to explore the history of African American protest in the United States of America.

The goal of our project is to uncover and understand the historical context and events that preceded the current “Black Lives Matter” movement. Slave rebellions or the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s are often portrayed as isolated events in American history enabled by charismatic leaders. We aim to highlight that the fight for equality has been a continuous struggle, from the times of slavery until today, driven by multiple protagonists and in a variety of settings.
The individual projects highlight the role of women and other often underrepresented activists; analyze the music of protest, as well as iconic images of African American resistance; scrutinize different forms of protest and leadership; and explore the use of and representations in various media. Together, the projects aspire to situate actors, events, and modes of resistance within a long history of African American protest.

A pop-up-exhibition at Munich’s Amerikahaus from 19 July to 21 will showcase our findings. Performances, talks, and student-led tours invite visitors to listen to, interact with, and participate in the projects on display.

Program
THE EXHIBITION IS OPEN DAILY FROM JULY 19 UNTIL JULY 21, 5 P.M. TO 11 P.M.

Wednesday, July 19

5 P.M. EXHIBITION OPENING & WELCOME

Andrea Pavlovski & Maresa Sedlmeir (LMU Munich)
Dr. Meike Zwingenberger (Amerikahaus)
Ernest Butler M.A. (LMU Munich)

5.30 P.M. STUDENT-LED TOURS

“Making History – Iconic Photographs and the Media”
by Stephanie Matthias

“Butler on Butler: A Son‘s Recollections”
by Niall Conn

“Identity & Art: Romare Bearden & Kehinde Wiley”
by Alicia Flores Klute

“Decoding Basquiat: Protest & Art”
by Sophie Kronfellner

“Slave Resistance: An Art Project”
by Juliane Grimme

7 P.M.

Introduction to the Documentary
“I Am Not Your Negro”
by Amelie Starke

Screening of Raoul Peck’s
Award-Winning 2016 Documentary
“I Am Not Your Negro”

Thursday, July 20

5 P.M. DOORS OPEN

5.30 P.M. STUDENT-LED TOURS

“From the Raised Fist to the Bended Knee
– Black Protest in Sports”
by Simona Glasl & Dominique Hördegen

“African American Servicemen in the US Military
– Oral History Project”
by Isabel Spoerl & Julian Mühlfellner

“Policing the Police:
(Counter)Surveillance of Black Protest Movements”
by Gizem Tosun

“We Are Not Thugs’
– Black Lives Matter Activism in New York“
by Constanze Sabathil

7. P.M. PANEL DISCUSSION

“Black Protest
from the Civil Rights Movement Until Today”
with Luvena Kopp (University of Tübingen),
Modupe Laja (Panafrikanismus e.V.),
Constanze Sabathil (LMU München)
& Ron Williams (Actor, Singer, Activist)

moderated by Lukas Schauermann

Reception after panel discussion.

Friday, July 21

5 P.M. DOORS OPEN

5.30 P.M. STUDENT-LED TOURS

“The Unknown Faces of Black Protest”
by Katharina Engels & Maresa Sedlmeir

“Stars for Freedom: Celebrity Support of Black Protest”
by Lukas Schauermann

“That Shit Ain‘t Funny – Humor & Protest”
by Daniel Deutschle, Laurin Dotzer, Rabea Heckmann
& Elisabeth Putz

“The Sound of Black Protest – Music & Resistance”
by Julia Thaller

7. P.M. POETRY & MUSIC PERFORMANCES

Modupe Laja
Maron Gebeyehu & Myriam Liebl
Mireille Tsibangu
Modupe Laja
JAZ_and_U
Ray Moore
Renard Yearby

moderated by Joyce Osagie

LIVE MUSIC:

Mel Canady & Chessboard

 

Free entrance
The event is held in English.

Organizers: Amerika-Institut LMU Munich, Bavarian American Academy

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Our faculty advisors are Ernest Butler, M.A., Penelope Kemekenidou, M.A., and Dr. Bärbel Harju. For more information please email to:

kemekenidou.pi@campus.lmu.de


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