Critical Conversation: The Haitian Revolution and Its Meaning and Implications for our Present

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Audience: 
Students

*Special note:* The first ten students to register for this event and attend will receive a complimentary copy of "The Black Jacobins" by C.L.R. James, which will be mailed directly to you after the event.

Participants will learn about the Haitian Revolution (1794-1803); a crucial moment in the global Black liberation struggle, in which enslaved Africans waged war against the most powerful Empires of their era and emerged victorious, creating the first independent Black Republic and inspiring a succession of slave rebellions across the Americas that ultimately brought the institution of chattel slavery that had consumed the lives of more than 12.5 million Africans across four centuries to an end (but not the structures and ideologies of racial oppression that emerged from slavery).

Attendees will read excerpts from "The Black Jacobins" by acclaimed Black revolutionary thinker C.L.R. James, who was the first author to recognize the significance of the Haitian Revolution and its roots in slave rebellion, and who identified the movement's leader Toussaint L'Ouverture – a former slave who defeated the French army of Napoleon Bonaparte, the great military power of its day - as a critical figure in world history who should be as globally recognized and revered as George Washington. Those who RSVP in advance will receive a copy of The Black Jacobins; all participants will have access to digitized excerpts. We will collectively discuss how James's work helps us understand the significance of The Haitian Revolution; why this critical event has been so suppressed within mainstream histories; and how the slave rebellion that overthrew a global superpower and formed an independent republic helps us understand the potential and the challenges of our current moment.

Date and Time: Friday, August 7, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Zoom

Hosted By: All

More Info: Ellyse Crow