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Online Lecture by Dr. Clemmie Harris

Post -WWII Origins of the Black Lives Matter Movement

Explaining the global racial reckoning around race-based predatory policing

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Online Lecture by Dr. Clemmie Harris

Post -WWII Origins of the Black Lives Matter Movement

Explaining the global racial reckoning around race-based predatory policing

The College of Choice

Established in 1985

August 27, 2020

from 6 pm to 8 pm

September 15, 2020

from 12 pm to 1 pm


Online Lecture


Wednesday, Apr 14, 2021


From 12 pm to 1:30 pm

About Online Lecture

We seek to explain the global racial reckoning around race-based predatory policing triggered by the gruesome public death of George Floyd by the Minneapolis PD, Breonna Taylor by the Louisville PD and Ahmad Arbery by white vigilantes as well as the failure of the Glynn County PD and DA's office to immediately arrest and charge Arbery's assailants. 

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In the talk, I argue that answers to these questions lie in how the public health and economic crises from the current pandemic have laid bare complex underlying social and economic conditions that have disproportionately impacted Black and Brown populations and how impact from the pandemic exacerbated preexisting tensions over police harassment, brutality, and the deaths of unarmed Black and Brown people by law enforcement. 

I also argue the roots of this problem run much deeper than the last 12-14 months. They began with the original sins of genocide of native peoples, racial slavery, global capitalism, and colonialism. This complex phenomenon continued to evolve over a century of Jim Crow terror and, after the Civil Rights Movement, more than a half century of Colorblindness that ultimately allowed the status of white supremacy to go unchecked while simultaneously shutting down political and policy discussions on race and racial reform. Finally, I argue to better address the first question we need to examine the post-World War II origins of an everyday police practice, stop and frisk.

Online Lecture by Dr. Clemmie Harris

Post -WWII Origins of the Black Lives Matter Movement

Explaining the global racial reckoning around race-based predatory policing 

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Dr. Clemmie Harris


Dr. Clem Harris is Director of Africana Studies and an Assistant Professor in the Department of History, where he teaches interdisciplinary courses in African American Urban History, African Diasporic History, and Public Affairs. 

Dr. Harris holds a Ph.D. in History, with graduate certificates in Urban Studies and Africana Studies received from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. He has received fellowships for research in areas such as Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism; and Africana Studies.

Prior to earning his Ph.D., Harris worked as high-level aide to the Governor of New York, where his influence helped shape a host of social and economic reforms, including drug law reform, reform to New York City's Racial Profiling policy, economic justice initiatives such as the 2010 Business Diversification Act, the state's first Chief Diversity Officer, and the creation of the nation's strongest Minority and Women Owned Business program.  

It is important to note that Dr. Harris comes to the American academy with a wealth of professional and civic experiences as a former senior aide to Governor David A. Paterson, a retired criminal investigator formerly with the New York State Police, a former drill sergeant with the United States Army Reserve, and a dedicated mentor of young people with a long history of mentoring diverse populations and advocacy for equity and inclusion. These experiences are brought to bear in his scholarship, in the classroom, speaking engagements on issues of race, politics, public policy, and American democracy, and mentorship of emerging leaders. 


His current book manuscript for the University of Pennsylvania Press, entitled:  Reconstructing Philadelphia: The Persistence of Racism and the African American Struggle for Political Power and Civil Rights in the Urban North, is a case study that examines the roles of electoral and protest activism in the fight for racial reform in the urban north from the Abolition Era to the 1980s. 

His second book project is a work in progress titled, The View from 125th Street: The Rise and Twilight of the Harlem Four and the Redefinition of Black Political Leadership in New York City, 1965 to 2010, which examines the emergence and sunset of Black political leadership in Harlem and political transformation in NYC and NYS government. 




Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2013-2015

Penn Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism Graduate Fellowship, 2012-2013

Center for Africana Studies Summer Research Assistant Award, 2012 

Center for Africana Studies Graduate Fellowship Award, 2011-2012

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship Honorable Mention List, 2008-2009

Center for Africana Studies Graduate Fellowship Award, 2008-2009

Center for Africana Studies Graduate Fellowship Award, 2007-2008

Captain Victor A. Gondos, Jr. Research Fellowship Award, 2007-2008

Fontaine Graduate Fellowship Award, 2002-2007

University at Albany Graduate Assistantship Award, 2001


Certificate of Appreciation for Dedicated Teaching in the Field of African American Studies, Department of African American Studies, Syracuse University, 2017

Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students, 2004

University of Pennsylvania Teaching Assistant of the Year, 2004 


Paul Young Service Award, Utica College, 2020

JV Educational Leadership Award for Outstanding Leadership in Higher Education, 2020

Recognition for Outstanding Commitment and Work Ethic Towards Students, Utica College, 2019

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Fostering a Diverse Campus Community, Utica College 2019

Best Faculty/Staff Advocate Award, Student Government Association, Utica College, 2019

DeEtta Ziemba: Outstanding Individual Award, Student Government Association, Utica College, 2018

Ally For Womyn’s Empowerment Award, 2018, K. Della Ferguson Womyn’s Resource Center, Utica College

Certificate of Appreciation, Hempstead High School, 2015

Certificate of Appreciation, New York City Department of the Aging, 2014

Leadership Award Center for Africana Studies Summer Institute, 2009

The Pan-Hellenic and Inter-Fraternity Executive Council Faculty Award for Contributions to Academic Excellence in the Greek Community, 2006

Urban Voices Newspaper - Art Mitchell “Individual of the Year Award”, 2002 

Philip Livingston Academy Award for Excellence in Student Support, 2002 

State University of New York at Albany Committee Chair for Human Rights, 2000-2001 

Macedonia Baptist Church Community Service Award, 2001

Albany State University Black Alliance Certificate of Appreciation, 2001 

Urban Youth Leadership Institute Award for Excellence Service, 2001

New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers Life Time Award, 2001

Macedonia Baptist Church Community Service Award, 1999 

New York State Martin L. King Jr. Commission Youth Service Award, 1994