[act-ma] 6/24 Racial Justice Battles of the 40s & 50s (Next week on Friday, 6:30 p.m. @ e5. Chinatown)

Suren Moodliar suren at fairjobs.org
Tue Jun 14 14:21:23 PDT 2011

 Racial Justice Battles of the Forties & Fifties

* <http://encuentro5.org/home/sites/default/files/flyer-2011-06-24.pdf>Friday,
June 24, 2011, 6:30 p.m., encuentro 5 (Chinatown)* Join activist historian
Mark Solomon for reflection on the racial justice battles of the 1940s and
50s - that great in-between period that provided the connective tissue
between the great upsurges of the 1930s and powerful peace and justice
movements of the 1960s. Going beyond mere generational analysis, this
personal account integrates race, class and gender dimensions with a global
perspective in an era when such transformative figures as Paul Robeson and
W.E.B du Bois were still widely recognized and respected. In a period
largely defined by the Cold War, other exciting processes ranging from epic
national liberation struggles in the Global South to block-by-block tenant
organizing in the US. Mark takes us back to that period and our discussion
will help draw lessons for today's challenges. The event will be followed by
a wine-and-cheese-style reception.

 *Bio: * Mark Solomon, Professor Emeritus of History at Simmons College,
holds degrees from Wayne State University, the University of Michigan and
Harvard University. He has written scores of articles on African American
history, race and racism, U.S. foreign policy, globalization, and war and
peace issues which have appeared in both scholarly and popular journals.
Prof. Solomon has also traveled and lectured in Europe, Asia, and the
Caribbean. Prof. Solomon has written or edited five books including *The Cry
Was Unity: Communists and African
1917-1936* (Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1998) and edited and wrote an
Afterword for Victor Grossman’s memoir, *Crossing the River: A Memoir of the
American Left, the Cold War and Life in East
* (University of Massachusetts Press, 2003). He is a past co-chair of the
United States Peace Council, a former member of the Presidential Committee
of the World Peace Council and is past National Co-Chair of The Committees
of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS). During 2010-2011 he
was Sheila Biddle Ford Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African
and African American Research, Harvard University.

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