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praxis

Robust Imaginaries
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Welcome to the Praxis Center, an online resource center for scholars, activists and artists hosted by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College. From action research and radical scholarship to engaged teaching and grassroots activism to community and cultural organizing, and revelatory art practice, we make visible imperative social justice work being done today.

Praxis is
the synergy between
theory and practice,
knowledge and relevance,
ideas, images, and the real.

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Morgan Mahdavi
Program Coordinator
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
morgan.mahdavi@kzoo.edu
269-337-7033

Legal Crusader Michael J. Kennedy, 1938 – 2016: A Tribute

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

By Bernardine Dohrn

Bernardine Dohrn delivered this eulogy for Michael Kennedy at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Manhattan on January 28, 2016. Michael Kennedy represented Dohrn when she returned to “legal” life after 11 years as a fugitive, and when she resisted a subpoena to a federal grand jury in May of 1982 in New York City, was declared in civil contempt and sent to jail. Continue reading →

Finding Hope in Ta-Nehisi Coates and Dr. King

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

By Justin Danzy, Copy Editor

Justin, Coates, and other students during Coates visit to Kalamazoo. Photo credit: Robert Neumann, courtesy of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Justin, Coates, and other students during Coates visit to Kalamazoo. Photo credit: Robert Neumann, courtesy of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation

In the wake of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I find it harder and harder to believe in the Dream of the man who has been sanitized, appropriated, and heralded as the proper savior for a people still toiling away in Babylon. I think about how Dr. King’s own belief in this Dream began to wither as he grew older, and I wonder had he not been assassinated if his beliefs would have hardened. While considering King’s aspirations, I find myself reflecting on  Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book Between the World and Me and his visit to my campus at Kalamazoo College last year. Continue reading →

On Freedom Dreams and Between the World and Me: A Review from Stateville

By Demetrius Cunningham

It is awakened at birth and it is as natural as breathing and blinking our eyes. It is what Robin D.G. Kelly calls “the third eye” in his book Freedom Dreams: Unleashing Black Radical Imagination. It is what naïve and innocent black boys and girls instinctively use to transform the dirt patches in front of their project apartments to magical play lands. What am I talking about? Our imagination and ability to dream. Continue reading →

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