This lecture will recount the story of the Free South Africa Movement (FSAM) as it took shape in Washington, D.C. and in cities around the nation between November 1984 and October 1986. Highlighting FSAM as a pivotal moment in the evolution of Black protest politics, it seeks to further understandings of the factors contributing to the movement’s successes and shortcomings, its significance to the history of Black protest politics, and the ways in which its strategy and organizing approach might serve as a model for contemporary social reform movements.
Ronald Williams II is assistant professor of African American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he teaches courses in history, politics and public policy in the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies. A political historian with interests in the post-World War II histories and politics of African America, U.S. foreign relations, and the African Diaspora, he is currently writing a book-length history of the foreign policy advocacy organization, TransAfrica. He earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Thursday, April 18
Hall of Government 101