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UTSA's "#BlackLivesMatter: Critical Perspectives" Coursework

Collected by: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Archived since: Sep, 2016


A web collection dedicated to “#BlackLivesMatter: Critical Perspectives,” a multidisciplinary course offered at UTSA during the Spring 2016 semester. The course, cross-listed in English (ENG), Humanities (HUM), Honors (HON), African American Studies (AAS), American Studies (AMS), Curriculum & Instruction (C&I), and Bicultural-Bilingual Studies (BBL) was offered at both graduate and undergraduate levels. The goal of the class was to critically examine the sociocultural and historical contexts of the #BlackLivesMatter and #CharlestonSyllabus movements. This course was first offered at UTSA in the spring of 2016. After the semester finished, archivists from UTSA Libraries Special Collections worked with faculty and students to gather class materials and student work and created a digital exhibit in order to make the content available for further study and research. This web collection was created to make this web content available for long-term access.

Subject:   Universities & Libraries Society & Culture Protest and social movements. Police brutality. University Archives Teaching

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Title: Black Lives Matter | Freedom & Justice for all Black Lives


Description: Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life. We are working to (re)build the Black liberation movement. #BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was posthumously placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our dehumanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes. It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all. Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.

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Subject:   Black lives matter movement. Activists, Human rights. Protest and social movements.

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