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Friday, June 30th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the fourth study session on Gil Scott-Heron’s autobiography, The Last Holiday. A poet, author, musician and victim of White Supremacy, Scott-Heron died in 2011. He wrote and performed music that directly addressed black lives and how the System of White Supremacy brutalizes 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. Last week’s session described how Gil’s mother adjusted to being diabetic and how his mother’s health scare made him exit his interview for the exclusive white high school in New York. Gil was accepted to the new school and vowed emphatically that none of the students or faculty were Racist. He did take time to vividly detail a White educator who hoped to have Scott-Heron tarred and feathered, or at least stuck with a week of detention, for playing “boogie woogie” music on the expensive school piano. After high school, Gil matriculated to Lincoln University, an HBCU in Pennsylvania. With a White president at the helm, the school became coed one year before Gil’s 1967 arrival. Gil said he was partly motivated to complete his first book so that he could showoff to all his black classmates, friends and family members – corroborating Mr. Neely Fuller Jr.’s concern about the prevalence and worthlessness of showing off to other black people. 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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