may, 2017

01may5:00 pm8:00 pmBlack Psychology: Normal people negotiating Faustian dilemmas

Event Details

The seminal jazz artist, Louis Armstrong, “pretended” to be unable to read music, so racist white patrons could go on believing that music, jazz and rhythm are instinctual to black people. For many scholars, the discourse on the psychology of black people begins with damage and self-hatred. This lecture will offer a corrective by arguing that most social scientific research show black people to be normal people ensnarled in “Faustian” predicaments. Successful survival within oppressive contexts require one to feign damage, as when my father – a Pullman Porter – mastered the technique of sizing-up and “reading” customers, resulting in tips at the end of the line. These tips provided food, shelter and gifts for my family. Most of his clients never realized he attended college for a year. In their eyes, my father – the man- was simply a “Boy-servant”.

Presented by: Professor William E. Cross Jr.

A reception will follow the lecture.

This program is free and open to the community.


(Monday) 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm MST


The Center Theater - Cable Center

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