Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Central Reading Room Event Space
University Libraries; the Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice and Policy; Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Black History Month Committee Present
Mic Check Photography Exhibition by Robert Gerhardt
This body of work is a look at the Black Lives Matter movement in New York City. The title of the series comes from protest leads shouting “Mic Check” to mobilize protesters into a game of repeat-after-me, spreading the speakers comments and instructions without amplification, which is not always allowed without a permit.
November 24, 2018 marked four years since the Grand Jury in the Michael Brown case came down and absolved a white police office of Brown’s killing in Ferguson, Missouri. Two weeks later, on December 3, 2014, a second Grand Jury on Staten Island also came down, and again cleared white police officers in the killing of Eric Garner. In New York City, these events triggered huge public protests as people took to the streets of New York to protest against the Grand Jury decisions, and overreach, brutality and racism among police officers in general.
These events also mark the beginning of this project “Mic Check,” which is Robert Gerhardt’s project documenting the Black Lives Matter protests in New York City. As he explains, “I take these photographs not because I am trying to get them in newspapers or magazines, and not because I have an assignment to be there. I make them as a visual documentation of what is going on in the streets of New York, and a reflection on what is happening in the US at large. I also see them as a way to start a conversation not just about the Black Lives Matter Movement itself, but also the historical context about racism in the US, its long history, and continuing effects on modern life.”
Photography exhibit: February 4th – March 31, 2019. Faculty, students, activists, and photographer join in a panel discussion about Black Lives Matter protests in New York and Long Island.
Robert Gerhardt, Documentary Photographer
Marcus Brown, Advanced Graduate Student in Philosophy; Black Lives Matter Activist at Stony Brook
Vivett Dukes, Public School Teacher, Queens; Activist; Co-CEO/Co-Founder of SpeakYaTruth.org and One Voice Online Blog Magazine
Zebulon Miletsky, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies
Moderated by Chris Sellers, Director, Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice, and Policy
Bookings are closed for this event.
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