Part Two begins with the keynote address by Professor Ibram X. Kendi of American University on race and memory, followed by a Q&A with the audience.
We next hear from Bree Newsome, who is the person who scaled the flagpole on the capital grounds in Charleston, South Carolina and took down the confederate flag flying there at the time.
Next up is Julian Brave NoiseCat of the Canim Lake Band Tsq’escen tribe. He gives a perspective not only on confederate monuments but also on the lack of monuments to native peoples.
Next is Andrew Demshuk, Assistant Professor of History, American University. He’s speaking on how Eastern European countries handled Communist and other unwanted monuments.
The next installment is a panel discussion on the politics of memory with the session two speakers. It’s a fair discussion but short on usable information.
The last panel is on “Monuments and Power: Memory vs. History.” The video’s description tells us, “The symposium, Mascots, Myths, Monuments, and Memory, examines the history and contested memory of racialized mascots and Civil War monuments and other public memorials. In this segment, Paul Gardullo, Curator of History, National Museum of African American History and Culture, moderates the third panel of the day, which addresses the topic Monuments and Power: Memory vs. History. The panelists are Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture; The Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, 49th Mayor of Baltimore, 2010-2016; Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and Aaron Bryant, Museum Curator and Chair, Special Commission to Review Baltimore’s Public Confederate Monuments.”
This is a much better discussion than the last discussion. I wish they knew the correct name of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. They used just about any other name except the correct one.
The next installment is the Q&A between the audience and the panelists of the third panel. Most of the questions were pretty disappointing, but there were a couple of good ones.
Finally, we have the closing remarks: