From 1770 to 2020: Race, Revolt and Resistance (Virtual Talk – Online Zoom)

Event details

  • February 12, 2021
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Virtual event - Zoom online
  • 803-728-7056

Cost: Free

From 1770 to 2020: Race, Revolt and Resistance, presented by Sonny Kelly, Ph.D.

Like today, the 1770s saw its fair share of protests in the name of freedom. On March 5, 1770, an event to be remembered as the Boston Massacre, men in uniform shot and killed an unarmed Black man named Crispus Attucks. And also similar to current events, those soldiers got away with it, aided by America’s future president, John Adams, as their lawyer. In this virtual talk, Dr. Sonny Kelly will discuss the parallels between the events of 1770 and the events of 2020, when America finds itself still grappling with police violence, a racialized justice system, and double standards regarding who has the right to protest for the ideals of freedom and justice. Dr. Kelly will also perform excerpts from his one-man show “The Talk,” born of a painful conversation he had with his own son upon hearing about protests and riots following Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore, Maryland in 2015.

Please register in advance for this FREE Online event since enrollment is limited to 75 participants. If you have any questions, please email: athenschau@gmail.com

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This event is sponsored by Athens Chautauqua in collaboration with Greenville Chautauqua.

Sonny Kelly is a scholar, performer, story teller, motivator, speaker, and comedian. Sonny is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a Ph.D. in Communication & Performance Studies, St. Mary’s University (MA, Communication Studies, ’08) and Stanford University (BA, International Relations, ’98).  Currently, his research is focused on Critical/Performance Ethnography, Critical Pedagogy, and Youth Activism/Empowerment.  He seeks innovative and effective approaches to addressing the systemic criminalization of marginalized youths and the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline.