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From COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter: Is This a Moment of Real Change?

July 21, 202022:23

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.

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