Mark Anthony Neal
Professor of Black Culture, Duke University
Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of African & African American Studies at Duke University where he was the 2010 Winner of the Robert B. Cox Teaching Award. The author of several books including the recently published Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities (NYU Press, 2013), Neal is also the co-editor of the acclaimed That’s the Joint: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (Routledge), now in its second edition. Neal is the host of the weekly webcast Left of Black, which is produced in conjunction with the John Hope Franklin Center for Interdiciplinary and International Studies at Duke. You can follow Neal on Twitter at @NewBlackMan
What if the Greensboro Four Had Twitter? Social Justice in the Age of Social Media and Hip-Hop
With the Greensboro Sit-ins as jump-off, this project will historicize the use of “social media” in Black social justice movements and examine examples of how social media has been used in contemporary social justice activities such as responses to Troy Davis’s execution, relief efforts after the Haitian Earthquake, the petitioning of PsychologyToday after a staff writer disparaged Black women in an article and, most famously, organizing efforts after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Additionally the project will look at organizations like One Hood Media Academy in Pittsburgh and the DigitalYouth Network in Chicago are using digital technology and social media to address communities in crisis, as well as the examples of Hip-Hop generation artists such as rapper Jasiri X and visual artist Pierre Bennu who are using social media and digital technology to create alternative modes of political intervention.
Fall 2013: Hiphop Archive Fellow