Black Lives Matter Through the Lens of Fiction

Sika Dagbovie-Mullins
Current Events / History

Course Description

BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 and gained nationwide attention following the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Recent Black Lives Matter protests demanding change after the death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are, of course, about these senseless killings of black people by police, but they are also responding to a history of black lives not mattering in this country. This lecture will examine how contemporary black writers address these issues in fiction. Before attending, participants will be asked to read two short stories published in 2018: Nafissa Thompson-Spires’ “Heads of the Colored People: Four Fancy Sketches, Two Chalk Outlines, and No Apology” from Heads of Colored People: Stories (14 pgs) and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s “Zimmer Land” from Friday Black: Stories (18 pgs). The lecture/discussion will analyze these stories, anti-black racism, and current racial tensions in our country.

About the Instructor

  • Sika Dagbovie-Mullins is an associate professor and director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English at FAU. She is author of Crossing B(l)ack: Mixed Race Identity in Modern American Fiction and Culture (University of Tennessee Press, 2013) and co-editor of Mixed-Race Superheroes (Rutgers University Press, 2021) which examines the intersection of Critical Mixed-Race Studies and superhero studies. She specializes in 20th and 21st century African American Literature. Her articles have appeared in journals such as African American Review, The Journal of Popular Culture, The Lion and the Unicorn, and Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International.

Upcoming programs presented by Sika Dagbovie-Mullins.

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One-Time W012521 Sika Dagbovie-Mullins Black Lives Matter Through the Lens of Fiction
Monday, January 25: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm