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Dr. Lester K. Spence

I Wish I Knew (How it Would Feel to be Free)

Working on my second book project on autonomy. It's a sequel of sorts to Stare in the Darkness, dealing with black autonomy projects and the means and logics black populations use to problem-solve black conduct. It began as an attempt to understand the neoliberalisation of black politics but has become more ambitious as I struggle with it. 

The first quote of the book comes from Nina Simone's "I Wish I Knew (How it Would Feel to be Free)":

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Digging into the history of the record I got an interesting tidbit from the wikipedia entry. Turns out that since its recording in 1963 (and becoming an anthem of sorts for the Civil Rights Movement), it's been used as the theme for the Athens 2004 Olympics, and in Coca-Cola commercials. Given that I'm arguing our conception of freedom has changed, this is appropriate.

 

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