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Black Ghost of Empire

October 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT

The Baton Foundation, in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host a lecture about how the legacy of emancipation further codified the U.S. racial caste system—instead of eradicating it. This program is free to the public, but registration is required.

About the Book

To understand why the injustices of racial oppression still haunt us today, we must look closely at the processes that supposedly brought them to an end. Over 180 emancipations around the world between the 18th and 20th centuries were supposed to end slavery and liberate Black people from bondage. Kris Manjapra’s Black Ghost of Empire (Scribner, 2022) shows, in unprecedented detail, how past emancipations were designed to preserve and extend the racial caste system in ways that deeply affect us today. The meaning and urgency of today’s Reparations movement – the greatest justice movement of our times – is anchored by understanding the failures of emancipation and the ways Black communities create their own liberation through the struggle for reparative justice. PURCHASE BOOK HERE.

About the Author

Born in the Bahamas, Kris Manjapra is professor of history at Tufts University. He founded the reparative justice nonprofit, Black History in Action, devoted to the struggle against gentrification in Boston. He also works closely with Project South (Atlanta, GA) and Southern Echo (Jackson, MS) on community education initiatives, and serves on the Reparations Committee of Scholars for Social Justice www.historiesofresistance.com. You may follow him on Twitter at: @histresist.

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October 23
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
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