Black August Forever

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Koret Auditorium, de Young museum, San Francisco, 2023. Photograph by Gary Sexton

Black resistance to state violence has been a constant impulse of Black life in America. At its best, this resistance has been intergenerational and transnational. This conversation will gather activists across generations to discuss the importance of continued resistance to state violence and why that resistance benefits us all.

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Black August Forever

About the Kehinde Wiley Speaker Series

This event is part of the Kehinde Wiley Speaker Series, developed in collaboration with Pastor Mike McBride and Sherrie Deans of Live Free USA. This six-part series brings together some of the biggest names in culture, art, sports, and activism. Through panels, performances, and collective healing practices, this series offers a platform to those most impacted by state-sanctioned violence and offers a constructive framework for understanding the intersections of art, suffering, and healing.

About the Speakers

Angela Davis; political activist, professor, and author

Angela Y. Davis is Distinguished Professor Emerita of history of consciousness and feminist studies at University of California, Santa Cruz. An activist, writer, and lecturer, her work focuses on prisons, police, abolition and the related intersections of race, gender, and class. She is the author of many books, from Angela Davis: An Autobiography to Freedom is a Constant Struggle.

Michael Tubbs; founder of End Poverty in California (EPIC)

Michael Tubbs is an American politician who is currently serving as a special adviser for economic mobility and opportunity for Governor Gavin Newsom. Tubbs raised over $20 million dollars to create the Stockton Scholars, a universal scholarship and mentorship program for Stockton students. He is the founder and chair of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income along with EPIC.

Rosa Clemente; journalist, political commentator, scholar-activist

Rosa Alicia Clemente is an award-winning organizer, speaker, political commentator, producer, independent journalist, scholar-activist, and former vice presidential candidate. A leading voice of her generation, the Bronx-born Black-Puerto Rican is frequently sought out for her insight and commentary on Afro-Latinx identity, Black and Latinx liberation movements, police violence, colonialism in Puerto Rico, hip-hop feminism, third-party politics, and more. 

Dorsey Nunn; executive director, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC)

Dorsey Nunn is a leading expert with over 40 years of experience in criminal justice reform. He is the first formerly incarcerated director of a public interest law office in California. Dorsey was sentenced to life in the California Department of Corrections when he was 19 years old. Under his leadership LSPC has made significant advances including the development of the Elder Freeman Policy Fellowship, legal victories including the Ashker lawsuit ending long term solitary confinement in California, policy victories including the end of shackling of pregnant women, advancing voting rights for county jail prisoners and people on parole, and numerous Ban the Box laws passed in the public and private sectors. 

Lateefah Simon; president of MeadowFund

Lateefah Simon is a 25-year veteran organizer and nationally recognized advocate for civil rights and social justice. She is also an elected member of the Bay Area Rapid Transit board of directors and the president of MeadowFund. Simon previously worked as the executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Simon is running for California’s 12th congressional district for the 2024 United States Senate election in California.

Pastor Michael McBride; executive director of Live Free USA (moderator)

Pastor Michael McBride (known as “Pastor Mike”) is the executive director for LIVE FREE USA, a national network of freedom fighters, community organizers, faith leaders, and survivors throughout the United States committed to ending gun violence and mass incarceration of young people and families of color. He is one of the national leaders in the movement to implement public health and community-centered gun violence prevention programs, which have contributed to 30–60% reductions of gun-related homicides in Oakland and many other cities across the country. He is a co-founder of Black Church PAC and the Black Brown Peace Consortium which work to center Black and brown gun violence prevention practitioners and scale up life-saving interventions related to urban and communal violence. He also serves as Lead Pastor of The Way Christian Center in Berkeley, CA.

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Free. Seating is limited and unassigned. This does not include admission to the museum.

About Live Free USA

Live Free is a nonprofit and social justice network dedicated to ending gun violence, mass incarceration, and mass criminalization through education, advocacy, and direct action. They are driven by a mission to build community power and agency by reimagining public safety and increasing civic engagement. Live Free sees a world with safe, equitable communities for all and where every person is safely and peacefully connected to community.


The Kehinde Wiley Speaker Series is made possible by the generous support of

Presenting Sponsors

Major Support
Dagmar Dolby

Generous Support
The Harris Family
Charles and Brandi Hudson
Kaitlyn and Mike Krieger
Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman
Paul L. Wattis Foundation
Sonya Yu

Additional support is provided by the Adamolekun Family, Lisa Blackwell, Quinn Delaney and Wayne Jordan, Delvecchio and Kelly Finley, Bryan and Tara Meehan, Elaine A. Mellis, The Plexo Foundation, Soho House, Lisa and Jim Zanze, and the Contemporary Support Council.

Free admission on select weekends is generously underwritten by Year-round, Free Saturdays admission for Bay Area residents is generously underwritten by Diane B. Wilsey and programming is supported by the Koret Foundation and Wells Fargo.

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