MaTovu to host author on ‘Jewish Ideas of Liberation: An Afro-Jewish Perspective’


On Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m., Matovu, along with the Jewish Community Relations Council St. Louis, Central Reform Congregation and Congregation Shaare Emeth will host Lewis Gordon for a conversation about “Afro-Jewish theories of liberation.” This conversation is part of a broader grouping of programming aimed at honoring and celebrating the Passover holiday this year.

Gordon, born on the Island of Jamaica and growing up in the Bronx, is an Afro-Jewish philosopher, musician and public intellectual dedicated to struggles for dignity, freedom, social justice, across the globe. His writings address human beings’ relationships to reality and the many ways they abuse power in their attempt to avoid it.

Following the conversation, Subterranean Books will sell his latest bookFear of Black Consciousness, at the venue. In this original and penetrating work, Gordon takes the reader on a journey through the historical development of racialized Blackness, the problems this kind of consciousness produces, and the many creative responses from Black and non-Black communities in contemporary struggles for dignity and freedom.

Matovu is located at 4200 Blaine Ave. (Proof of vaccination & masks required.) A livestream option is available.