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Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture with Joseph B. Richardson, Jr.



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November 10, 2021, 6:00 pm7:30 pm


For their 43rd annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture, the Department of Africana Studies presents:

Life After the Gunshot: Structural Violence, Interpersonal Violence and Trauma Among Young Black Men in Washington DC

Joseph B. Richardson, Jr., Joel and Kim Feller Endowed Professor, African American Studies and Anthropology, University of Maryland

Gun violence is the leading cause of death and disability among Black boys and young Black men between the ages of 16 and 34. In 2020, over 19,000 people were killed in the US from firearm related incidents, the highest death toll from gun violence in 20 years. According to a recent research report on the economic cost of gun violence published by Everytown for Gun Safety, the cost of gun violence is approximately $280 billion. Structural racism, concentrated poverty, the effects of mass incarceration and hyper-surveillance, limited access to mental health resources, underfunded and under-resourced schools, and poor housing are all forms of structural violence that contribute to lower life expectancy rates among young Black men. This talk illuminates and interrogates the ways that structural violence, interpersonal violence, and trauma impact the lives of young Black male survivors of firearm injury in the nation’s capital.

This event is part of the Dresher Center for the Humanities' Fall 2021 Humanities Forum.

Sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies, the Department of American Studies; the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health (SAPH); the Division of Professional Studies; the Dresher Center for the Humanities; the Shriver Center; the Center for Social Science Scholarship; and the Office of Accessibility and Disability Services.

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