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The Millions More Movement, Cosby’s ‘call-outs,’ and other recent trends renew an old approach to black political thought and practice. The racial uplift tradition tries to improve the conditions of black life by insisting on moral refinement and race-based organization. Uplift ideology and practice have a long and storied past, but critics of the tradition worry over its limitations. Some express concern that it is anti-democratic, intolerant, elitist, sexist, and heterosexist. Others think it focuses too much on personal morality and cultural pathology and not enough on social justice and political economy.
The participants in the ‘Stand Up!’ symposium will think through the risks and rewards of this new racial uplift politics. This interdisciplinary exercise in public philosophy will explore the implications of a social phenomenon with broad ethical significance. The new politics of racial uplift emerges from a widely shared conviction that something is deeply wrong in American society. Our public philosophy conference will take this judgment seriously, and subject this politics to searching and critical scrutiny.
Angela D. Dillard, Afroamerican and African Studies and Residential College, LSA, at the University of Michigan
Kenyon Farrow, essayist, organizer, media and communications specialist, and board co-chair for Queers for Economic Justice
Kevin Gaines, Afroamerican and African Studies and History at the University of Michigan
Kathryn T. Gines, African American and Diaspora Studies and Philosophy at Vanderbilt University
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University and the Jamestown Project
Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Women’s Research and Resource Center and the Women’s Studies at Spelman College
Joy James, Humanities and Political Science at Williams College and Senior Research Fellow in the Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas-Austin
Adolph Reed, Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania
Jared Sexton, African American Studies and Film & Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine
Aishah Shahidah Simmons, AfroLeza Productions and award-winning African-American feminist lesbian documentary filmmaker, international lecturer, writer, activist, and producer, writer, and director of the internationally acclaimed documentary NO!
Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr., Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard University Law School and the Jamestown Project
Paul C. Taylor, Philosophy at Temple University and the Jamestown Project
The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tamara K. Nopper, assistant organizer, at tnopper (at) temple.edu