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Criminalizing the Mountain South: Fighting Back

The Black Lives Matter uprising and COVID-19 have laid bare the structural racism and political, economic, and health crises that shape American social life.

This is the fourth event in our interdisciplinary roundtable series that aims to explore the politics of race, class, gender, sexuality, and criminalization as historically played out in the Appalachian South, which has been left out of larger discussions about mass incarceration and the carceral state. By bringing together regional and UT scholars, activists, and students, we aim to provide a fuller picture of how residents of the southern mountains find themselves ensnared in the criminal justice system and how criminalization further fragments the basic fabric of our Appalachian communities.

With Funding by Haines Morris Endowment Fund

Guest Speakers Include: 

  • Brandi Augustus (Knoxville's Black Mama's Bailout Action) 
  • Jawharrah Bahar (Free Hearts, Nashville)
  • Imani Mfalme (Community Defense of East TN)
  • Amelia Kirby (Appalachian activist; Co-Director Up the Ridge Documentary)
  • Enkeshi Rodire El Amin (Researcher, Cultural Worker, The Bottom, Black In Appalachia)

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Wednesday, April 14 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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Lectures & Presentations


Humanities & Social Sciences, Law & Policy


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public


Africana Studies Program, History, Sociology, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program
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Zhandarka Kurti

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