The C.O.W.S. Gil Scott-Heron: THE LAST HOLIDAY PART 2

Friday, June 16th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific

The Context of White Supremacy hosts the second study session on Gil Scott-Heron’s memoir, The Last Holiday. A poet, author, musician and victim of Racism, Scott-Heron died in 2011. He composed an array of music that directly addresses black lives and how the System of White Supremacy terrorizes black people. Iconic selections like “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” encourage many to list Scott-Heron as one of the creators of hip-hop music. The first week’s session emphasized the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as black genius Stevie Wonder’s tireless dedication to securing a federal holiday for the assassinated preacher. Scott-Heron detailed how his early childhood years were with his grandmother in Mississippi. He branded Mississippi the most racist state, a place where he “felt Black and mistreated.” 14-year-old Emmett Till and Medgar Evers were killed while Scott-Heron was a Mississippi resident. He also described his “fair-skinned” grandmother Lily Scott who sassed Whites and stressed the importance of education.  We’ll compare The Last Holiday to the other biographies covered on our book club – Maya Angelou, Assata Shakur, Malcolm X.

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