A lecture by Dr. E. Patrick Johnson: Are We Not Family? Sexuality, Citizenship, and Politics in the New Black South

A lecture by Dr. E. Patrick Johnson: Are We Not Family? Sexuality, Citizenship, and Politics in the New Black South

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Dr. E. Patrick Johnson is the chair of African American Studies, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. A scholar/artist, Johnson performs nationally and internationally and has published widely in the areas of race, gender, sexuality and performance.

In this keynote address, Johnson will provide some historical context for why homosexuality is taboo in black communities in the South and sometimes considered as outside the black “family.” Based on oral histories he has collected from black LGBTQ southerners over the past decade, Johnson provides some examples of the ways black LGBT folk resist being pushed to the margins in black communities and instead instantiate their inclusion in black community, citizenship and, indeed, humanity.