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The Forgotten History of Black Queer Resistance

April 25, 2022 @ 12:30 pm

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The forgotten history of Black queer resistance: a conversation with Channing Gerard Joseph and Barbara Gray

In a great feat of historical research, Channing Gerard Joseph (Newmark J-School’s first associate professor of race and identity) discovered the story of William Dorsey Swann, a man born into slavery who became the earliest known American queer activist and the first-known self-described drag queen. In Joseph’s forthcoming book, “House of Swann: Where Slaves Became Queens — and Changed the World”, he explores Swann’s activism during post-Reconstruction Washington and the Black queer history of resistance and liberation.

Join us, in person at Newmark J-School, as Joseph unpacks how he conducted his historical research, in a conversation with Barbara Gray, the J-School’s Chief Librarian.

For more than two decades Joseph has been a writer and editor focused on race, queer identity, inequality, and social justice. His work has appeared in The Nation, Associated Press, The New York Times, and SF Weekly, where he became the editor-in-chief in 2016. Joseph taught deadline news, narrative writing, digital storytelling, journalistic ethics, and techniques for engaging diverse communities at USC’s Annenberg School. He joined CUNY’s Newmark J-School this winter.In addition to overseeing the J-School’s Research Center, Gray is an associate professor of research methods, and is the former director of news research at The New York Times.

Cookies and coffee will be available!