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Amir Gilmore (Education) on “Sustaining the Joys of Black Boys and Young Men in a World Against ‘The Black’”

February 3, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

What does it mean to be against The Black? The question serves as a reminder that Black people—in particular Black boys and young men struggle to exist as humans within a world where there is such a disdain with Blackness. When so many people struggle to love Blackness, how do Black boys and young men find ways to cultivate and sustain their mattering, well-being, futurity, and joy? Black Boy Joy is a spiritual Life Force and a liberatory emotional expression that satisfies Black boys and young men’s desires through the desired-based refusal of anti-Black terms, codes, rules, and laws that subjugate them. Black Boy Joy desires to dismantle a world where denigrating Blackness is appropriate and creates territories where Black boys and young men can flourish in their humanity, beauty, and brilliance—immediately. Hosted by the Office of Outreach and Education, this virtual presentation by Amir Gilmore will be hosted on the Zoom platform.


February 3, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Zoom (Meeting ID: 968 2012 8880)
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WSU Office of Outreach and Education
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