Charlton D. McIlwain in conversation with E. David Ellington
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
discussing Charlton D. McIlwain's new book
Black Software: The Internet, Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter
published by Oxford University Press
Activists, pundits, politicians, and the press frequently proclaim today's digitally mediated racial justice activism the new civil rights movement. As Charlton D. McIlwain shows in this book, the story of racial justice movement organizing online is much longer and varied than most people know. In fact, it spans nearly five decades and involves a varied group of engineers, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, journalists, and activists. But this is a history that is virtually unknown even in our current age of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Black Lives Matter.
Charlton D. McIlwain is Vice Provost of Faculty Engagement & Development at New York University, and Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU's Steinhardt School. He is also the Founder of the Center for Critical Race & Digital Studies, and the co-author of Race Appeal: How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns, winner of the 2012 APSA Ralph Bunche Award.
E. David Ellington is Founder & Executive Chairman of the Silicon Valley Blockchain Society (SVBS). SVBS is a global, invite-only, private, member-driven ecosystem supporting blockchain and cryptocurrency related projects across industries and for social impact. SVBS members are active investors primarily in technology. They collectively represent more than $1.5 Trillion in investment capital. The SVBS mission is three words: "Fund the Revolution."