Rethinking the Black Freedom Movement: The Box: Part 1 (University of Illinois)


Henry “Box” Brown was a former slave who escaped slavery by shipping himself in a box from a slave state to a free state. But in some sense, he remained in a box- the fugitive slave act threatened his freedom. In this lecture, “The Box” is used as a metaphor for the conditions placed on black people limiting their freedom, including racism and economic exploitation. Abdul Alkalimat looks some of the conditions that limit African-Americans including government, the economy, and the capitalist society.

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