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The Voice of the Black Community
Culture + Kicks: The Intersection of Sneaker Culture and Social Justice
Family Fun
Date: March 15, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Show map
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 South Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202

Contact: Guest Services
Phone: 7045473700
Email: info@ganttcenter.org
Site: http://www.ganttcenter.org/calendar/culture-kicks-the-intersection-of-sneaker-culture-and-social-justice/

In collaboration with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Community Read of The Hate You Give, we will be having a conversation - Culture and “Kicks”: Exploring the ways sneaker culture and social justice intersect in The Hate You Give.


To fathom sneaker culture's marketability and the taste-making impact of African-Americans, we must recognize sneaker culture's commodification through literature, television, and film. Specifically, The Hate U Give (2017 & 2018) garners special attention due to its poetics and African-American specific narrative. This talk explores how author, Angie Thomas uses Hip-Hop culture in her text and film to address police brutality, and how African-Americans use sneaker culture as a means of expression and communication.




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