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Friday, March 23 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Keynote Speech "“Black Liberation Is Impossible Without Ending AIDS” LIMITED

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Wilmington, North Carolina -- Journalist and author Steven W. Thrasher will present “Black Liberation Is Impossible Without Ending AIDS” is a co-sponsored keynote address for the Free Movement Conference and the HIV Awareness Walk on Friday March 23rd at 7:00pm.

Free and open to the public, Mr. Thrasher’s talk begins at 7 p.m. and is at the Cape Fear Community College (Union Station). 

There will be no Black liberation in the United States or anywhere—and there will be no end to systemic, medical, or economic racism—without ending AIDS. Scholar and journalist Steven W. Thrasher will lecture about how the forces which make people vulnerable to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) are the same forces which make life precarious for Black people. Beginning with his research on the case of Michael "Tiger Mandingo" Johnson, Thrasher will talk about how the criminalization of HIV impacts Black, queer, and/or disabled communities. He will also use his experiences reporting on the movement for Black lives in St. Louis, Baltimore, Oakland and New York City to address why one in two Black queer men are predicted to become HIV positive (despite having fewer sexual partners and lower uses of recreational drugs); why AIDS has receded as a political priority for many gay organizations; and, why HIV remains largely invisible in mainstream media. Riffing on the Combahee River collective, Thrasher will argue that eradicating AIDS from the face of the earth is impossible without ending anti-Blackness—and that eradicating anti-Blackness from the face of the earth is impossible without ending AIDS—because ending either would "necessitate the destruction of all systems of oppression."

More about Steven Thrasher:
Steven W. Thrasher is a doctoral candidate in American Studies at New York University and a Writer-At-Large for the Guardian. His writing has also been published in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, BuzzFeed, Esquire, Village Voice, Journal of American History, and Radical History Review. Steven has guest lectured at the American University of Beirut, the City University of New York, and Northwestern University, and his scholarship looks at the intersections of race, sexuality, policing, and HIV/AIDS. In 2012, Steven was named Journalist of the Year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; in 2015, he was awarded the Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism by the Gannett Foundation for his reporting on HIV criminalization; and, in 2017, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Sociological Association's journal Contexts. You can follow him on Twitter @thrasherxy.

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Steven Thrasher

journalist, The Guardian
Steven W Thrasher is writer-at-large for Guardian US. He was named Journalist of the Year 2012 by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

Friday March 23, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
Cape Fear Community College: Union Station (Room U-170)