Join students from around the world for an interactive discussion about what one of the most powerful movements and moments of our time can teach us about global organizing for liberation and justice.


The year 2020 bore witness to mass protests around the world in response to the murder of George Floyd in the U.S.A, the latest in a string of killings of Black people at the hands of the police. Has anything changed in the year that has passed? Are there any conclusive results that have come from appeals for accountability? What overlaps exist with other similar movements, like #RhodesMustFall in South Africa?

American-born, and Cape Town-based scholar, writer and artist, Kim M Reynolds, will join us to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement, its expression in the U.S.A, as well as the power of a flexible movement that allows it to be rooted across the globe. Kim will be joined in conversation by Rebecca Ann Wilcox, an American doctoral student and writer, and Kanishka Sikri to explore what we can learn from the Black Lives Matter movement, its longevity and power in connecting across different global contexts, and how we can collectively come together to build relationships, practice community, and heal through shared creation and commitment to abolition.

Black Lives Matter as a sentiment can gain immense strength when we don’t just say ‘Black Lives Matter’, but we commit to dismantling and burning all the things that make Black lives — particularly Black trans, queer, femme, indigenous, fat, differently abled, working class — to not matter in this current world. Doing the work of critique, such as organizing, writing, and gathering, create accessible entry points into the terrain of the violence of whiteness and imagining — imagining better worlds, better ways to commune, better ways to dance and do pleasure and rest — creates exit points of more dignified narratives and futures.

Kim M Reynolds


Following the discussion, participants will have the opportunity to join small, facilitated breakout groups with students from participating global locations, to discuss their own experiences and perspectives, and to engage in a shared creative activity, a collective poem. Don’t miss this essential opportunity for learning, connection and creation.


About the Global Commons

The Hart House Global Commons is an international dialogue space that connects students participating from multiple global locations to engage in real-time conversations about issues that are pressing and pertinent to everyone, regardless of place. We hope you will join us for a unique opportunity to connect across contexts, exchange dialogue and perspectives, and learn from each other—all without leaving your living space!

Community Supporters

Michael R. De Angelis & Family Global Innovation Fund.


This event is presented in partnership with the Global Citizenship Programme, at the University of Cape Town.

Global Citizenship Programme, University of Cape Town
University of Cape Town

International Partners

Universidad de Ios Andes
Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies
Sciences Po
University of Cape Town
Global Citizenship Programme, University of Cape Town

U of T Partners

Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Student Life Centre for Community Partnerships
Centre for International Experience
UTM Centre for Student Engagement
International Student Centre
International Education Centre

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  • Date: Thu, May 27, 2021
  • Time & Duration: 10:00 am – 11:30 am (EST) (1h 30m)
  • Cost:
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  • Venue: Online–Zoom
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