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ACRI Lecture Series Presents Harry Allen

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

6:30 - 8 PM

In the Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Research Center Auditorium, Tougaloo College


The fourth offering of the Art and Civil Rights Initiative (ACRI) lecture series—a series intended to provide a collective understanding of the influence of social causes on artists, and of artists, on historical events—features Harry Allen, a pioneering photojournalist of the early hip-hop movement. Allen will share his presentation, Shooting the Enemy: My Life in Pictures with the People Who Became Public Enemy, which uses his photographs to highlight major links between some of the most popular hip-hop music created in the 1980s and the creative activism of the 1960s. Shooting the Enemy provides documentation of hip hop’s rise and the early stages of supergroup, Public Enemy, and includes candid images he captured of the influential hip-hop group prior to their recording career.

The ACRI Lecture Series is a component of the Art and Civil Rights Initiative, a multi-year partnership between Tougaloo College and the Mississippi Museum of Art, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Harry Allen has written about race, politics, and culture for nearly 30 years and has been published in VIBE, The Source, The Village Voice, and The New York Daily News. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Billboard, Harvard Design Magazine, Mojo, and is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). As an expert covering hip-hop culture, Allen has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and has appeared on National Public Radio, MTV, VH-1, CNN, and the BBC. From 2003-2015, He hosted radio station WBAI-NY's NONFICTION, an arts show featuring interviews with guests as varied as Hayden Planetarium head Neil deGrasse Tyson, sculptor Richard Serra, Black Panther Party activist Kathleen Cleaver, and director John Landis. Allen lives near Washington, D.C. with his wife, Zakiya.