From COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter: Is This a Moment of Real Change?
In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by Quito Swan, former Wilson fellow, professor of Africana studies, and director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He discusses how movements like Black Lives Matter can create real change in political, economic, and health policies in the U.S. and the importance of connecting local movements to greater international efforts for transformative justice. Swan also highlights his new book Pauulu’s Diaspora, a story of Black Internationalism across the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Ocean worlds, told through the life and work of twentieth-century environmental activist Pauulu Kamarakafego.22:23
Global Risk and Resilience Program
The Global Risk and Resilience Program (GRRP) seeks to support the development of inclusive, resilient networks in local communities facing global change. By providing a platform for sharing lessons, mapping knowledge, and linking people and ideas, GRRP and its affiliated programs empower policymakers, practitioners, and community members to participate in the global dialogue on sustainability and resilience. Empowered communities are better able to develop flexible, diverse, and equitable networks of resilience that can improve their health, preserve their natural resources, and build peace between people in a changing world. Read more
The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.–Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our blog Africa Up Close, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations. Read more