Roundtable From the March on Washington to Tahir Square and Beyond: Tactics, Technology, and Social Movements

AHA Session 130
Friday, January 4, 2013: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Nottoway Room (Sheraton New Orleans)
Michele Mitchell, New York University
Juan R. I. Cole, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor and Informed Comment
Greg Grandin, New York University
Temma Kaplan, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Adolph L. Reed, University of Pennsylvania

Session Abstract

2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, the apogee of the U.S. Civil Rights movement.  Activist tactics such as sit-ins, boycotts, passive resistance, and mass marches have continued and added new forms through e-petitions, Move, Twitter, and Facebook. This roundtable’s participants reflect upon how movement strategies have developed in different places around the world over the previous half-century and how they have and have not been enhanced by social media and the Internet in the digital age.

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