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Mychal Denzel Smith: ‘Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching’


Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Ave 98101 Seattle United States
How do you learn to be black in America? In an age that juxtaposes an African American president with the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Oscar Grant, The Nation’s Mychal Denzel Smith offers an account of his own personal journey as a black man in America. “One of the most important voices of his generation,” (Jessica Valenti) Smith will tear down assumptions of black masculinity and explain how black men cannot address racism without also addressing other systems of oppression. In what way is the heterosexual black man complicit to the plight of his transgender neighbor? Why are depression and anxiety still taboo in black male culture? By addressing these questions as an African American and an activist, Smith will blend political analysis with personal reflection for a critique of current culture and a potential path forward in the fight against oppression.