Past Event

Black-Palestinian Solidarity 1968/2018

October 18, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States
Black-Palestinian Solidarity

The late 1960s saw the emergence of a militant Black-Palestinian solidarity, epitomized by the meeting between members of the Black Panthers and members of the Palestinian Liberation Movement at the Pan-African Cultural Festival in Algiers in 1969. Fueled by anti-imperialism, they saw their struggles as revolutionary, militant, and internationalist. Fifty years on, new forms of solidarity and new politics on the ground have emerged. How should we understand these solidarities across different historical moments, sites, and racial formations?

Panel: 6:10-7:50 p.m.

  • Hamzah Baig, History, Yale University, ‘Spirit in Opposition’: Malcolm X, the Black Panthers, and the Question of Palestine
  • Robyn Spencer, History, CUNY, Black Power for Palestine: Solidarity Politics Then and Now
  • Nadia Abu El-Haj, Anthropology, Columbia/Barnard, Iterations of the Racial State
  • Moderated by Anaheed Al-Hardan, American University in Beirut


Virtual Exhibit: Visions of Liberation and Solidarity 1968/2018 7:50 p.m.-8:00

An original video of archival material on key moments of solidarity between Black American and Palestinian political movements from 1968 to the present. Researched by Meitha Al Mazrooei, Che Gosset, A. Firestone, and others. Edited by Yusef Audeh. Commissioned by the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University and Studio-X Amman at Columbia University GSAPP and the Columbia Global Center in Amman, with advisors Nora Akawi and Lila Abu-Lughod.


The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies, Studio-X Amman at Columbia University GSAPP and the Columbia Global Center in Amman, the Institute for Research on African American Studies, and the Heyman Center for the Humanities.