Up we’ll hear from Rosa Clemente as she discusses Black Lives Matter and American Racism. Ms. Clemente is a community organizer, freelance journalist and Hip Hop activist. In 2008, Rosa Clemente along with Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, became the first women of color ticket in American History. Born and raised in South Bronx, NY, Rosa Clemente has been a community organizer and a featured keynote speaker, panelist, and political commentator for over 20 years.
In 1995, Clemente developed Know Thy Self Productions, which has since produced four major community activism tours and consults on issues such as Hip Hop activism, media justice, voter engagement among youth of color, third party politics, intercultural relations between African Americans and Latinos, immigrants’ rights as an extension of human rights, and universal healthcare. In 1998 she joined the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and began organizing around issues of police brutality, the Prison Industrial Complex and the freedom of US political prisoners and prisoners of war.
Currently, Rosa Clemente is at work on her first book: When a Puerto Rican Woman Ran for Vice President and Nobody Knew Her Name. And today on Hard Knock we’re pleased to have the opportunity to present a talk featuring Rosa Clemente speaking at the speaking at Duke University. Her talk covers Afro Latino in America, The BLM movement, racism and white supremacy…as well as the upcoming 2016 presidential election.