Friday, July 7th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the fifth study session on Gil Scott-Heron’s memoir, The Last Holiday. A poet, author, musician and victim of White Supremacy, Scott-Heron died in 2011. He wrote and performed music that explicitly discussed black lives and how the System of White Supremacy devastates black people. Iconic selections like “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” encourage many to list Scott-Heron as one of the founders of hip-hop music. Last week’s session detailed Gil’s leadership of a campus-wide boycott at Lincoln University regarding inadequate health facilities for the students. Gil mobilized black veterans and approximately six hundred HBCU students to forgo classes until the administration upgraded the schools medical resources. The discussed a substantial amount of alcohol and cannabis consumption by Gil and his friends; in fact, alcohol may have contributed to a horrendous car crash involving Gil and his friends. In his early 20’s, Gil has published multiple books and albums, obtained a college degree, and traveled the globe playing music that candidly addressed Racism. 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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