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Voices and Visions of Black Lives That Mattered


In Voices and Visions, Dr. Martinez-Cola will provide participants a look back to the many Black lives upon which a movement like Black Lives Matter was built.  Throughout history, Black men, women and children have made tremendous sacrifices in the name of justice.  In this speech, we remember their names, lives, and words.  They serve as reminders that the injustices of today are built upon a scaffolding of systemic racism created over time.  Ultimately, Dr. Martinez-Cola encourages us to recognize that we find ourselves in this monumental civil rights movement because Black lives should have always mattered throughout history.

Dr. Marisela Martinez-Cola

Utah State University Assistant Professor of Sociology

Marisela Martinez-Cola is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Utah State University. Dr. Martinez-Cola’s research interests are race/ethnicity, comparative historical sociology, and culture. The first in her family to attend college, she earned her B.A. at the University of Michigan, J.D. at Loyola University School of Law, and Ph.D. at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to teaching, she is working on her book The Bricks Before Brown v. Board of Education, where she examines race, class, gender, and age across three school desegregation cases involving Chinese, Native, and Mexican American plaintiffs. It will be published with The University of Georgia Press in November 2021.

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