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Author, Activist And Former Black Panther Leader To Speak At Clarkson
[A photograph of Elaine Brown for newspaper use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/elainebrown.jpg.]
Elaine Brown, author, activist and former chairman of the Black Panther Party, will appear at Clarkson University on Monday, February 17, at 8 p.m. in the Barben Rooms of Clarkson’s Cheel Campus Center.
“The History of the Black Panther Party and New Age Racism” will be the topic of Brown’s talk.
Brown’s lecture will look at the legacy of the party that J. Edgar Hoover once characterized as the “single greatest threat to the internal security of the United States,” and what she describes is the current “New Age Racism.”
Brown coined the term “New Age Racism” to address the latest form of racism that seeks to portray young black people as “super-predators,” while violent young white men, such as the teenagers who killed their fellow students at Columbine, are described as “alienated.” It is a phenomenon Brown believes is as insidious as the old racism against which the Panthers took up arms over a quarter of a century ago.
“Resurrected racial myths have reduced the problem of crime in America to the problems of blacks in America, particularly poor, black, inner city boys,” she asserts.
Her widely praised autobiography, “A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story,” is currently in preproduction at HBO. Her most recent book is the highly charged The Condemnation of Little B that focuses on the disturbing story of a 13-year-old inner city African-American boy from Atlanta sentenced to life in prison for a crime Brown asserts he could not have committed.
Elaine Brown’s appearance at Clarkson is sponsored by the Office of Co-Curricular Programs.
The lecture is free and open to the public.