Abolition Today is a weekly online radio program with a specific focus on modern slavery as it is practiced through the 13th amendment of the US constitution and by private for-profit prisons worldwide.
Friday, June 23rd 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the third 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 tortures 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 emphasized the numerous deaths Scott-Heron experienced as a child. His grandmother Lily Scott and Aunt Sissy died while he was a child in Tennessee. He was in school when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. He also dealt with the trauma of being one of the first black children to attend an all white school in his town. After Whites destroyed the black town in Tennessee by constructing a highway, Scott-Heron and his mother moved to New York. His mother advocated to get him the best education possible – her work included confronting Racist teachers who thought of her son as a Frankenstein. 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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