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“The Time to Act is Now”

How did we get here? That’s the question that American studies and political science professor Duchess Harris has been fielding from media outlets ever since George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis on May 25. An expert on civil rights law, Black feminism, and African American political movements, the professor can’t answer without drawing on history: “One of my favorite political theorists, James Baldwin, says in the Evidence of Things Not Seen, “History, I contend, is the present—we, with every breath we take, every move we make, are History—and what goes around, comes around.” >> Read the article on Macalester Today

NBC: Harris Comments on Black Women in Politics & Kamala Harris

"The idea of a Black woman on the Democratic Party’s White House ticket should be understood as not only logical but necessary, said Duchess Harris, a professor of American Studies and political science at Macalester College in Minnesota, who is no relation to the senator.“A bill has come due,” said Harris, who is the author of the book, “Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Trump.” “Black women are the largest and most consistent voting block of the Democratic Party and have been for some time.” >> Read the article now

CNN: Harris on George Floyd's death and protests

"Duchess Harris, an American studies professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, echoes Yancy's thoughts on vulnerability -- especially White people's vulnerability and "their relationship to illness and not being able to live life on their own terms."It's just one in a complex collection of variables that explain the protests' duration, she said." >> Read the article now

The Pandemic On Anti-Blackness

In this series presented by the Institute for Global Citizenship, Harris explores racial politics and shares her personal experiences in academia as a student, a professor, and her work as an author. >> Watch now

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