BLM France: Black and Brown Women’s Fight for Racial Justice

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A Conversation with Rokhaya Diallo and Maboula Soumahoro

Moderated by Jean Beaman, UC Santa Barbara

Thursday, September 29, 2022

5:00 PM EST – In-Person Event, Mandatory RSVP

Intercultural Center (ICC) Auditorium, Georgetown University Main Campus

Presented by Gender+ Justice Initiative, Black Women Radicals, Women’s and Gender Studies, Dept. of African American Studies and French and Francophone Studies

Join us in welcoming Rokhaya Diallo, Maboula Soumahoro, and Jean Beaman for a conversation on racial justice and police violence in France. The discussion will center on Black and Brown women leading the fight against systemic racism and violence. Diallo and Soumahoro will highlight activists such as Ramata and Fatou Dieng as well as Amal Bentounsi. These families who lost their brothers to police violence are fighting for accountability while mobilizing a movement nationwide. Amal Bentounsi launched the collective “Emergency our police kills” and the “March for Dignity and Justice”.

About the speakers:

Rokhaya Diallo is a renowned journalist, author, filmmaker, and antiracist feminist advocate, who has fought tirelessly against racial and gender discrimination in France and beyond. She is the author of a dozen books and writes a monthly column in the Washington Post, covering issues of racism and sexism in France and abroad. She hosts a podcast with Grace Ly called Kiffe Ta Race (Binge Audio), a show which critically examines issues of identity and race. She is the Georgetown Gender+ Justice Initiative’s inaugural Researcher-in-Residence for 2021-2024. — Follow Twitter: @RokhayaDiallo, IG: @rokhayadiallo

Maboula Soumahoro is a scholar, Afro-feminist, and associate professor at the University of Tours. This academic year, 2022-2023, she is an international visiting professor at the African-American and Africana Studies Department of Columbia University. A specialist in the field of Africana Studies, she has conducted research and taught in several universities and prisons in the United States and France and was most recently the inaugural Villa Albertine Resident in Atlanta. She is the author of Black is the Journey, Africana the Name (Polity, 2021). This book received the FetKann! Maryse Condé literary prize in 2020. — Follow on IG: @maboulasoumahoro

Jean Beaman is an associate professor of Sociology, with affiliations with Black Studies, Political Science, Feminist Studies, Global Studies, and the Center for Black Studies Research, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences for 2022-2023. Her research is ethnographic in nature and focuses on race/ethnicity, racism, international migration, and state violence in both France and the United States. She is the author of Citizen Outsider: Children of North African Immigrants in France (University of California Press, 2017). Her current book project is on suspect citizenship and belonging anti-racist mobilization, and activism against state violence in France. Follow Twitter: @jean23bean

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