Natalie Hopkinson at Enoch Pratt Library
May 16, 2018
- 6:30 p.m.
Enoch Public Library, Central Library, African American Department
400 Cathedral Street,
Baltimore MD

Natalie Hopkinson’s inspiring meditation on the role of art in resistance in her new book, A Mouth Is Always Muzzled: Six Dissidents, Five Continents, and the Art of Resistance, draws on a wide range of artists as role models. Writing in the vein of John Berger and bell hooks, Hopkinson, who is a columnist for the Huffington Post, an assistant professor in Howard University’s graduate program in communication, culture, and media studies, and a fellow at the Interactivity Foundation, traces the artistic legacy generated in response to racism, xenophobia, and misogyny and pays tribute in particular to Berger and to painter Bernadette Persaud, poet Ruel Johnson, historian Walter Rodney, and artist Kara Walker. Operating at the nexus of the aesthetic and the subversive, these artists are social visionaries, harnessing the power of the imagination in service to a just, diverse, nonviolent future.