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Black Bostonians and the Media


Black Bostonians and the Media

Friday, April 6, 2018
The Heights Room, Boston College

About this Conference

Blacks in Boston is a conference series conceived of by former Boston College Black Studies Director Amanda V. Houston. Held in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1996, 2000, and 2016, these conferences addressed subjects such as blacks in metropolitan Boston, the struggle for equal education, the relationships between Irish and black Bostonians, and the role of immigrants of African descent in the development and evolution of Boston’s black communities.

The 2018 theme is designed to encourage an examination of the media and Boston’s black communities from historical, contemporary, and prospective angles. At a time when media as a foundational source of information is being buffeted about by ideological and political assaults, new economic realities, and rapid technological change, it is important that we examine how these are affecting traditional and cutting-edge forms of news delivery and community building among black Bostonians.

This conference is free and open to the public


Questions? Please contact:
The African & African Diaspora Studies Program
Telephone: (617)-552-3238

Friday, April 6 • The Heights Room

Date & Time Panel/Keynote
10:45AM- 11:00AM 


Martin Summers
Associate Professor of History and AADS
Director, AADS Program
Boston College

11:00AM – 12:15PM

Keynote Address

"Storytelling as Resistance"

Kimberly Foster
Cultural Critic and Editor-in-Chief
For Harriet

12:30PM – 2:00PM Lunch
2:00PM – 3:30PM

Traditional Print and Broadcast Media

Carlo Rotella, Moderator
Professor of English
Boston College

Callie Crossley
Host and Commentator

Renée Graham
Associate Editor and Columnist
Boston Globe

Yawu Miller
Senior Editor
Bay State Banner

3:45PM – 5:00PM

Community Journalism and Social Media Activism

C. Shawn McGuffey, Moderator
Associate Professor of Sociology and AADS
Boston College

Jamarhl Crawford
Editor and Publisher

Martin Henson
Black Lives Matter Boston


Closing Remarks

Martin Summers
Associate Professor of History and AADS
Director, AADS Program
Boston College

5:30-7:00 PM





*Please only register for the conference if you plan to attend.

The Conference will take place in The Heights Room in Corcoran Commons at Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, 02467. Visit the links below for a printable campus map and parking information.

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