Tyson King-Meadows, Africana Studies and Political Science, Co-Authors Report on Black Voter Turnout and the 2014 Midterm Elections

Tyson King-MeadowsOn Wednesday, October 29, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies released a report on black voter turnout and the 2014 midterm elections. The report was co-authored by Tyson King-Meadows, Chair of the Africana Studies Department and Associate Professor of Political Science, and Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor of Political Science and Interim Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Emory University.

The report determined that black voters are a critical component of the electorate in 17 competitive gubernatorial and Senate races across the country. It also found that black voter participation declines in midterm elections, and “assuming a black vote share identical to 2010, the 2014 midterm election cycle will be a challenging year for Democrats, even with overwhelming African‐American support.”

In conducting research for the report, King-Meadows and Gillespie analyzed national and state‐specific registration and voting patterns, black‐white differences in participation and in candidate preference, and the dynamics of inter‐racial coalitions needed to secure Democratic victories. To read the full report, click here.

King-Meadows and Gillespie’s report received considerable press coverage, including the Washington Post, The Hill and Christian Science Monitor. For a complete list of coverage, click below:

Even with ‘mobilized’ black voters, Democrats could struggle in South (Christian Science Monitor)
Democrats needs black voters on Election Day. But they need white Southerners even more. (Washington Post)
The Party’s Over: Black Voters Must Turn Out for Themselves (BET)
Dems pin hopes on black vote (The Hill)
Voting Impact: Black Turnout and 2014 Midterms Findings Released (Black Enterprise)
African-American Turn-out Up in Early Voting (Breitbart)
Will the black vote matter in 2014? (Sun Sentinel)

Social Sciences Forum: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Challenge to Scientific Racism (11/12)

evelynn-m-hammondsOn Wednesday, November 12, Evelynn M. Hammonds, Director of the Program for the Study of Race & Gender in Science & Medicine at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University, will present the Social Sciences Forum and W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture, “W.E.B. Du Bois and the Challenge to Scientific Racism.” The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

A renowned researcher and author on the history of disease, on the analysis of race, gender and science, and on African-American women and the epidemic of HIV/AIDS, Dr. Hammonds will discuss the ever evolving intersection of scientific, medical, anthropological, and socio-political concepts of race in the United States from the early nineteenth century to present day. Hammonds is the Lewis H. Vovakis Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at Harvard University.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture is co-sponsored with the Department of Africana Studies and the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Social Sciences Forum: The U.S. Constitution and the Battle Over Racial Equality Today (9/17)

Rogers SmithOn Wednesday, September 17 at 4:30 p.m. on the seventh floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library, Dr. Rogers Smith, H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, will present the Social Sciences Forum, “The U.S. Constitution and the Battle Over Racial Equality Today.”

The author of seven books on citizenship and equality in the United States, including one that was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History, Dr. Smith, H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, will address why America’s political leaders avoid discussing racial policies, even as many forms of racial inequality persist and deepen. Smith argues that the United States is profoundly divided between two rival conceptions of civic equality–but that common ground may be found in the bold views of the Constitution’s purposes advanced by Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

This is a Constitution and Citizenship Day Lecture, co-sponsored with the Departments of Political Science, Africana Studies, American Studies, Philosophy and Public Policy, and the Office of Student Life. For more information, click here.

The Black Church and The Black Family- Guest Speaker Rev. Dr. Ann Lightner-Fuller (3/25)

Date: March 25, 2014
Course: The Black Church (Africana Studies)
Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Ann Lightner-Fuller, Senior Pastor, Mt. Calvary African Methodist Episcopal Church, Towson, MD
Topic: The Black Church and The Black Family
Location: Fine Arts 006
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Ann Lightner-Fuller, named one of the 15 Greatest Black Women Preachers in the nation (Ebony, 1997), is the senior pastor of the 2,000-member Mt. Calvary AME Church in Towson, MD. In 2012, Dr. Lightner-Fuller led her congregation in building a state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar Family Life Center on property adjacent to the church. On March 25, she will visit with students enrolled in the Black Church course to discuss perspectives about the relationship between the contemporary black church and the black family. The instructor for the Black Church course is Dr. Linda F. Gorham. For more information, call 410-340-2843. All are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Speakers:
Date: April 15, 2014
Guest Speaker: Bishop Clifford Johnson, Jr., Senior Pastor, Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries, Baltimore, MD
Topic: The Black Church and The Black Male
Location: Fine Arts 006
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Date: April 22, 2014
Guest Speaker: Ms. Janice Jackson, Director, UMBC Gospel Choir and Jubilee Singers; Minister of Music, Christian Community Church of God, Baltimore, MD
Topic: Music and The Black Church: Hymns and Spirituals
Location: Fine Arts 006
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Critical Social Justice Keynote with Jay Smooth (3/6)

In partnership with the Dresher Center for the Humanities and Africana Studies, Critical Social Justice presents the 2014 Daphne Harrison Lecture: “On Hip Hop, Race, and Politics: The Way We Talk About Things” with Jay Smooth.

Jay Smooth is the mastermind behind the hip hop and politically-oriented video blog “The Ill Doctrine,” where he serves up contemporary observation on topics of race, politics, music, and pop culture. A leading voice in the sociopolitical realm, Smooth gained national attention with his video “How To Tell Someone They Sound Racist” and his TEDx Talk “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race.” He entertains, challenges, and enlightens audiences with his funny, incisive perspective on music, politics, and culture, encouraging audiences to do their own critical thinking about the world, engage in conversations about cultural issues that matter, and find some common ground.

Jay Smooth’s keynote lecture will be held in the UC Ballroom on Thursday, March 6th at 7:30pm with a Q&A and reception to follow. For more information on this and other Critical Social Justice events, visit the CSJ site.

American Studies Road Trip to Washington, DC (11/16)

The American Studies department is sponsoring a road trip to Washington, DC to tour the exhibit “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963.” The exhibit is at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The trip is Saturday, November 16th. Round-trip free transportation is provided. A bus will be leaving UMBC at 10am and will return by 3pm. Seating is limited.

RSVP: kbryan@umbc.edu

For more information about the exhibit, click here. The Africana Studies and History departments are also sponsoring the event.