Snapshot: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism and the African-American Struggle

| February 14, 2012
Vincent Intondi at Webster University

Department chair John Chappell with visiting speaker Vincent Intondi

Students, faculty and staff at Webster University’s St. Louis campus gathered Feb. 13 to hear Vincent Intondi from Seminole State College speak on “Links in the Same Chain: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Global African-American Struggle for Freedom.”

Noon events like this in Sunnen Lounge draw staff, faculty and students.

Intondi drew thought-provoking connections between the civil rights struggle, African-American history and the nuclear age that dominated the Cold War and continues on in its aftermath.

From minorities who historically drew the most dangerous jobs at nuclear power plants, to the metaphors civil rights leaders used, to leaders who also in the peace movement, Intondi made the case connecting the fight for racial equality with anti-nuclear movements.

“It’s no accident that the first African-American president in U.S. history could also end up being the most anti-nuclear president in U.S. history.”

The event was sponsored by the Department of History, Politics, and International Relations, the Multicultural Studies Program, the Interdisciplinary Studies Program and the International Studies Program.

Category: Campus Snapshots, St. Louis Campus News

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