Mark Anthony Neal

Professor of Black Culture, Duke University

Biography

Fall 2013: Hiphop Archive Fellow

What if the Greensboro Four Had Twitter? Social Justice in the Age of Social Media and Hip-Hop

Project Description

What if the Greensboro Four Had Twitter? Social Justice in the Age of Social Media and Hip-Hop

With the Greensboro Sit-ins as jump-off, this project will historicize the use of “social media” in Black social justice movements and examine examples of how social media has been used in contemporary social justice activities such as responses to Troy Davis’s execution, relief efforts after the Haitian Earthquake, the petitioning of PsychologyToday after a staff writer disparaged Black women in an article and, most famously, organizing efforts after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Additionally the project will look at organizations like One Hood Media Academy in Pittsburgh and the DigitalYouth Network in Chicago are using digital technology and social media to address communities in crisis, as well as the examples of Hip-Hop generation artists such as rapper Jasiri X and visual artist Pierre Bennu who are using social media and digital technology to create alternative modes of political intervention.

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