chocolate cities
a symposium

saturday, march 24, 2018
crosstown concourse + the hi-tone
n. cleveland street & concourse avenue | memphis, TN


presented by the CSLA

with the africana studies program at Rhodes College

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CROSSTOWN ARTS


Join us for a day of presentations and conversations in celebration of Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life, co-authored by Marcus Anthony Hunter and CSLA Co-Founder Zandria F. Robinson.

From Central District Seattle to Harlem to Holly Springs, Black people have built a dynamic network of cities and towns where Black culture is maintained, created, and defended. But imagine—what if current maps of Black life are wrong? Chocolate Cities offers a refreshing and persuasive rendering of the United States—a “Black map” that more accurately reflects the lived experiences and the future of Black life in America. Drawing on film, fiction, music, and oral history, Marcus Anthony Hunter and Zandria F. Robinson trace the Black American experience of race, place, and liberation, mapping it from Emancipation to now. As the United States moves toward a majority minority society, Chocolate Cities provides a provocative, broad, and necessary assessment of how racial and ethnic minorities make and change America’s social, economic, and political landscape.

A masterpiece! Chocolate Cities is a testament to the magic that is possible when you combine the funky wisdom of the Mothership with the best scholarship from the Ivory Tower.
— George Clinton

featuring

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ZANDRIA F. ROBINSON

MARCUS ANTHONY HUNTER

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dana mckinney

brian foster

 

 


order of events

saturday, MARCH 24, 2018

Please note: Free RSVP guarantees entry to the Chocolate Cities Symposium only. 
Tickets to Big Freedia: Live in Concert must be purchased separately from the Hi-Tone.


symposium

crosstown concourse

9am
REGISTRATION

10am
Plenary
Marcus Anthony HunteR &
Zandria F. Robinson

in conversation with
brian foster

11am
Dana McKinney

12pm
Lunch

2pm
Tiny Temple with
Big Freedia

3pm
Closing & Book Signing
with Big Freedia
and Drs. Hunter & Robinson


big freedia
Live in concert

the hi-tone
doors 9pm

hosted by
CorteZ

featuring
Marco Pavé
Bored Lored

&
Big freedia