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Professor Explores Origins Of Black Lives Matter Movement

Hannah Colton
Black Lives Matter protest in Albuquerque, June 1, 2020

University Showcase 7/17 8a: On this episode we talk with Associate Professor Finnie Coleman about the origins and the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement and how Afrofuturism can inform the creation of a more just society. 

The killings of African Americans such as George Floyd, Ahmad Arbery and Brionna Taylor have sparked protests around the country and the world calling for racial justice. Professor Coleman was one of the speakers in an online series of discussions organized by African American Student Services at the University of New Mexico called “Shaking the Room.” 

Most of the videos are available on Instagram under the handle @unmafro and there are plans for more events later this summer and fall.

Further Reading:

Meaning Behind The Movement: Black Lives Matter - Finnie Coleman

Generation Justice Interview with Finnie Coleman

Afrofuturism is all around us and we don’t even know it - The Inquirer

Megan has been a journalist for 25 years and worked at business weeklies in San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She first came to KUNM as a phone volunteer on the pledge drive in 2005. That led to volunteering on Women’s Focus, Weekend Edition and the Global Music Show. She was then hired as Morning Edition host in 2015, then the All Things Considered host in 2018. Megan was hired as News Director in 2021.
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