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Emerson Sykes | African American Workshop and Lecture Series 2021 - 2022

Tuesday, October 26 at 5:30pm

Virtual Event

"The Case for Free Speech and Racial Justice Supporting Black Activism on Campus"

Recently, young, Black activists have played a central role in America’s ongoing reckoning with white supremacy and anti-Blackness through protest, advocacy, and creative expression. But this is nothing new. Student activists have long wielded the power to shape the cultural narratives and society around them. Reflecting on his experiences working with campus activists from across the US and throughout Africa, a First Amendment attorney at the ACLU makes the case for reclaiming free speech as a progressive value and tool for social change.

About the speaker:

Emerson Sykes is a senior staff attorney at American Civil Liberties Union with the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. He focuses on First Amendment free speech protections and works on civil liberties and human rights at the local, national, and international levels. Formally, Sykes was a legal advisor for Africa at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL). He holds a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, and a Master of Public Affairs degree from Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.