Book Discussion: Black Star Crescent Moon

21 Feb 2023


Educators are welcome to join book discussion with author and scholar Sohail Daulatzai and Professor Michael Sawyer.

"Linking discontent and unrest in Harlem and Los Angeles to anticolonial revolution in Algeria, Egypt, and elsewhere, Black leaders in the United States have frequently looked to the anti-imperialist movements and antiracist rhetoric of the Muslim Third World for inspiration. In Black Star, Crescent Moon, Sohail Daulatzai maps the rich, shared history between Black Muslims, Black radicals, and the Muslim Third World, showing how Black artists and activists imagined themselves not as national minorities but as part of a global majority, connected to larger communities of resistance. Daulatzai traces these interactions and alliances from the Civil Rights movement and the Black Power era to the “War on Terror,” placing them within a broader framework of American imperialism, Black identity, and the global nature of white oppression."

The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Michael Sawyer, Associate Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh. His work focuses on the revolutionary potentiality of Black people and takes a multi-disciplinary approach to exploring the works that authorize, accompany, sustain, and depict Black Being. Michael has published two monographs, An Africana Philosophy of Temporality: Homo Liminalis (Palgrave:2018) and Black Minded: The Political Philosophy of Malcolm X (Pluto: 020).

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There will be a follow up curriculum development workshop for secondary education teachers on February 23, 2023 at 6 PM, lead by Kate Daher, former social studies teacher, department chair for Pittsburgh Public Schools and curriculum writer for AP History, African American History, and Civics. Register Here both book discussion and curriculum workshop

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Sponsored By: 
CERIS, Global Studies Center, Center for African Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Elaine Linn
Hybrid, Pitt or online