Consciousness as a Form of Resistance

FDFN Program

Last week I had the privilege of attending Freedom Dreams Freedom Now, a conference sponsored by the Social Justice Initiative at the University of Illinois Chicago. For three days, historians, scholars, students, artists of all types, activists of every age, clergy and people who just wanted to learn, gathered to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer and explore notions of freedom and “what movements are for, not just what they are against.”

As I try to process the dozen or so sessions and events I attended, two themes stand out to me: interconnectedness and resistance. (Read the rest on NCR “At the Intersection.”)

An addendum to the column: Consciousness is the start of resistance, not the end. (Think: The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.)

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