James Bernard: Political Promise Of The Hip Hop Generation at AJ Williams-Myers African Roots Library in Kingston

Hip-Hop galvanized a generation and brought voices into the mainstream from corners of society that had been silenced.  In the early 90s, the hip-hop community was marked by an energy around entrepreneurialism and a thirst for social discourse that many had hoped would provide the framework and energy for a new social movement.  Many have cast Obama’s election in 2008 as the culmination of so-called hip-hop politics, while others have pointed to the Movement for Black Lives as evidence that those whose worldview was shaped by the culture had finally risen up.  The truth is more complicated and both more hopeful and less promising at the same time. Come out and engage in a fascinating lecture and let's explore the Hip Hop culture and learn the truths about its future. Age range: mature. Food: n/a. Registration: this is a free event.
Bio of James Bernard: Executive Director of Public Allies New York, an AmeriCorps program focused on social activism. James is a seasoned social entrepreneur, civic leader, and writer. He led the creation of two magazines, the Source and XXL, and is on the Nominating Committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. James has organized workers for the Service Employees International Union and founded the Hip-Hop Political Convention, which dovetailed into the third largest voter registration campaign in 2004. He has helped to create three elementary schools in Brooklyn and was on his community board for seven years. In 2011, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed James to the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance as Deputy Commissioner. James is an honors graduate of both Brown University and Harvard Law School.

This event is a part of Black History Month Kingston 2018. For more info visit www.BlackHistoryMonthKingston.org

Saturday, February 17, 2018 -
1 pm to 4 pm
AJ Williams-Myers African Roots Library
43 Gill St.