New York (USA)

Panel & Video Screening

Black-Palestinian Solidarity: 1968/2018 (panel)


Hamzah Baig (Yale University)

Robyn Spencer, City University of New York

Nadia Abu El-Haj, Barnard College and Columbia University

moderated by Lila Abu-Lughod and Nora Akawi , Columbia University

Wood Auditorium 

Avery Hall , Columbia University

1172 Amsterdam Ave, New York

The late 1960s saw the emergence of a militant Black-Palestinian solidarity, epitomized by the meeting between members of the Black Panthers and members of the Palestinian Liberation Movement at the Pan-African Cultural Festival in Algiers in 1969. Fueled by anti-imperialism, they saw their struggles as revolutionary, militant, and internationalist. Fifty years on, new forms of solidarity and new politics on the ground have emerged. How should we understand these solidarities across different historical moments, sites, and racial formations?


Panel presentations and discussion:

'Spirit in Opposition': Malcolm X, the Black Panthers and the Question of Palestine

Hamzah Baig, History, Yale University


Black Power for Palestine: Solidarity Politics Then and Now

Robyn Spencer, History, City University of New York


Iterations of the Racial State

Nadia Abu El-Haj, Anthropology, Barnard College and Columbia University

Moderated by: 

Lila Abu-Lughod, Columbia University

Nora Akawi, Columbia University

Video Screening 

Visions of Liberation and Solidarity 1968 / 2018


The panel discussion will be followed by the screening of a video presentation of archival material on key moments of solidarity between Black American and Palestinian political movements from 1968 to the present.


Researched by Meitha Al Mazrooei, Che Gossett, A. Firestone, and Adrien Zakar, and edited by Hicham Faraj. Commissioned by the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University and Studio-X Amman at Columbia University GSAPP and the Columbia Global Center in Amman, with advisors Nora Akawi and Lila Abu-Lughod.

The event is organised by:

Lila Abu-Lughod, Nadia Abu El-Haj, Nora Akawi, Anaheed Al-Hardan, Brian Boyd, Helen Malko

Studio-X Amman at Columbia University GSAPP & Columbia Global Centres | Amman

Centre for Palestine Studies at Columbia University

The event is supported by:

Columbia GSAPP, Columbia Global Centers | Amman, Center for Palestine Studies, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Institute for Research in African-American Studies (tbc), Bandung Humanism, Center for the Study of Social Difference

​© 2018 Qalandiya International

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