Dr. Kyle Mays Presents: Thoughts on Black and Indigenous Relations, From Flint to Standing Rock – and Beyond

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Mount Royal University Continuing Education


Join Mount Royal University students, staff, faculty and community members on Thursday February 9th for a presentation by Dr. Kyle Mays.

The talk is titled “Thoughts on Black and Indigenous Relations, From Flint to Standing Rock – and Beyond”.

Today we usher in Black History Month 2017, during a time when the importance of learning, engaging with, and celebrating the histories and futures of the Black diaspora could not be more pressing. Black History Month has been hard won, contested ground, and the shortest month is not enough, given a long history of systemic injustice and erasure. The last year has been an unveiling of global anti-Blackness, and community response through strong, anti-racist, anti-police-brutality movements in solidarity with other social justice movements combatting systemic oppression upon communities of African descent worldwide. Notably, and at long last, this year our province has become the fourth in Canada to officially acknowledge the importance of recognizing Black history and future: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-officially-recognizes-black-history-month-1.3960741

Kyle T. Mays is an historian of modern US, Afro-Indigenous, and Indigenous studies, with a particular focus on how various actors construct indigeneity and other social meanings in modern US cities.  Dr. Mays also has an interest in contemporary popular culture, especially how Native artists construct indigeneity within Hip Hop.

During his time as a graduate student, he received numerous awards, most notably the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Student Fellowship. During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) awarded him a dissertation completion fellowship. He also served as a founding editorial manager for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Journal published by the University of Minnesota Press. Believing that education can be used for social transformation, Dr. Mays, has contributed pieces to various educational and news outlets, including Indian Country Today Media NetworkDecolonization, and Native Appropriations.

Registration is available free of charge on Eventbrtie, but seats are limited.