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Baltimore Dialogue with Lester K. Spence

Baltimore Dialogue with Lester Spence

Please join the UHI and Amazing Grace Lutheran Church for the next Baltimore Dialogue, where Lester K. Spence, author of "Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics"  will lead the discussion examining how neoliberalism shapes the lives of black people.
Baltimore Dialogues use a book club format to engage the community in discussions about living in Baltimore. Everyone is welcome to join the conversation.

When: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 24 (NEW TIME) 
Where: Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 2424 McElderry Street, Baltimore, MD 21205

We have a limited number of copies of the book available. If you are interested in receiving a copy, please indicate it in the comments.


About the author: Lester K. Spence is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. His specialties include black politics, racial politics, urban politics, public opinion, and American political thought. His work has appeared in both academic journals (including the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Political Analysis, the WEB Dubois Review, and the National Political Science Review), and in the popular press (Urbanite Magazine,,,, the Washington Post, He can regularly be heard on National Public Radio and the Marc Steiner Show. His first book, Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics, was one of the first to examine the neoliberal turn and its effect on black politics. Dr. Spence is known for his ability to not only explain complex information in ways that diverse populations can understand and appreciate, but also for his willingness to mentor students.

About the book: In Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics, Lester K. Spence writes the first book length effort to chart the effects of growing dived between the wealthy and the rest of us and the subsequent transformation on African American communities, in an attempt to revitalize the black political imagination. Rather than asking black men and women to “hustle harder” Spence criticizes the act of hustling itself as a tactic used to demobilize and disempower the communities most in need of empowerment.

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