Charles W. Mills

Honestly, I thought I would have a chance to meet him, sit with him over coffee, or more likely over an article (mine), and hear his thoughts, critiques, and questionings. I naively thought that, in the midst of a raging pandemic and escalating brutality against black and brown bodies and blackness, I would be afforded the privilege to sit in the presence of this intellectual giant, one who was so central to my intellectual awakening and foundational to my life as a scholar. The Racial Contract gave clarity and theoretical foundation to the life I had been witnessing but did not dare find words to express. For more than a decade, after my first reading of The Racial Contract, it did not leave my side. It came with me to dance classes, rehearsals, and on tour; as I read other books or encountered mundane and key life moments, I referred back to it to see what more I should, or could, be witnessing. I travelled with it across the United States and across the Atlantic to the Caribbean and several European countries, finding solace and strength in the lens it offered as I worked to make sense of surreal racial encounters. 

Rest In Peace/Power Professor Charles W. Mills. Thank you for all your good works!

Published by: Dream Without Borders

Artist| Scientist| Creative Entrepreneur| Activist: working at intersections of arts, health, healing, and activism, my practice focuses on the performance and performative articulations of vulnerable bodies, exploring and examining expressions of identity and belonging. I hold particular interest in the lives and aspirations of the African Diaspora/Black Atlantic in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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