...the great social revolution of that momentous period following the Civil War was surely the “reconstruction” of social relations in the former slave states. In his groundbreaking study (1935), W.E.B. DuBois reveals that this social revolution was both initiated by slaves in the midst of the war and carried through by the emancipated Black population during and after the period when federal troops occupied the former Confederate states.
Against a backdrop of widespread racism in the West, and colonialism and imperialism in the 'Third World', this group of activists, writers and political figures gathered to discuss the history and struggles of people of African descent and the meaning of Black Power.
As always, capitalism has crises. Again, a new generation turns toward Marxism. How do we apply this wide ranging and controversial revolutionary tradition to our current times? Writer and professor, Cedric Robinson’s magnum opus, Black Marxism will be our lodestar for this class.
To “bear witness” is to speak truth in the face of power.
This event is a benefit for Ramsey Orta, who videoed the police murder of Eric Garner, and is scheduled to go to jail October 3. Tonight’s proceeds will go to Mr. Orta and his family. Verso Books has been a great partner in putting this event together. Thank you Verso!
Re-Discovering Fanon will make evident Fanon’s unrelenting hatred of racism and his uncompromising determination to set forth a dialectic of disalienation in order to bring about a new humanity.