We Gon' Be Alright: The Importance of the Arts in an Era of Resegregation

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In a moment of cultural change and political turmoil, the arts are an essential part of the larger fight for empowerment and change in Memphis and cities around
the world. In this exciting event, we welcome world-renowned scholar and teacher Jeff Chang, whose passionate and provocative talk will challenge us to think
about the role of the arts — and those who love them — in the struggle for social justice in the 21st century.

Acclaimed author and educator Jeff Chang comes to campus to discuss the role of hip-hop arts, activism and education in the pursuit of social justice in the 21st century. Chang's award-winning books include Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post-Civil Rights America, and We Gon' Be  Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation. He is the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.

Prior to the talk, please join us at 4:30 p.m. in the Crain Reception Hall of the Bryan Campus Life Center to celebrate
the new Lynne & Henry Turley Memphis Center.