Many of the systemic injustices explored in Richard Wright’s 1940 novel “Native Son” — economic and housing insecurity, racist police practices — continue to echo in today’s Chicago.
On Saturday, Oct. 8, activists, scholars, artists and journalists are convening at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., in moderated discussions centered on the themes of injustice explored in that seminal work of literature. The symposium, “Hypocrisy of Justice: Sights and Sounds from the Black Metropolis” is free to attend but reservations are encouraged.
Composer and symposium organizer Dana Hall says his hope is for the conversations to be not only thought-provoking, but productive.
“What I hope for and what my colleagues, particularly [co-organizer] Kate Dumbleton hopes for in curating this symposium, is that it gets everyone to see the cross-sectionality of many of these issues – that the idea of food insecurity is connected to the idea of an inequitable health care system, which is connected to the type of protests and conversations that we have in political arenas and community centers, which is connected to home insecurity,” Hall said. “So, by bringing people into a room and onto a panel to talk about their area of specialization, what they will find is that oh, well that’s actually related to this other thing. And maybe if we put our heads together, our minds together, our hearts together, we’ll be able to have solutions to some of these issues and we won’t operate within a vacuum, within a silo of solutions.”