[act-ma] 3/25 Thursday - Black Revolutionary Thought for Our Times? (7:00 p.m.)

Suren Moodliar suren at fairjobs.org
Tue Mar 23 12:52:07 PDT 2021

This week we discuss the critical concepts emerging out of Black
Revolutionary Thought with Johanna Fernandez, Eric Mann, Kazembe Balagun,
and Joe Ramsey. Thursday, March 25, 2021, 7:00 p.m. on Zoom (
3/25/21 Black Revolutionary Thought for Our Times?Throughout modern
history, struggles against Black oppression have generated some of our most
powerful and persuasive radical voices, often resonating across lines of
race and nation. How do black revolutionary thinkers of the past–from black
Marxists like Richard Wright to Black Panther participants like Fred
Hampton and Assata Shakur–to contemporary voices like Mumia Abu Jamal, help
us to grasp our present and shape our collective future? How do recent
accounts of the ‘Black radical tradition’ illuminate our current situation
and paths for transforming it? What in this tradition can still be applied
today and what needs updating? In what ways do black revolutionary voices
from the past still challenge or inform modes of theory and practice in
2021? What are the implications of this influence? How do contemporary film
representations (such as the new Fred Hampton film Judas & the Black
Messiah and influential books like Cedric Robinson’s Black Marxism create
new openings (or obstacles) for
mass radical engagement?

Join Shelter & Solidarity on Thursday, March 25 (7:00 – 8:30 p.m. EST) for
a panel and community discussion, featuring guests
* *Kazembe Balagun*, Bronx-based author, artist and organizer, formerly
long-time staffer at the Brecht Forum, now with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

* *Johanna Fernandez*, professor at Baruch College (CUNY), WBAI radio host
of the program, “A New Day,” and author of the recent book, The Young
Lords, a Radical History (
https://uncpress.org/book/9781469653440/the-young-lords/) as well as the
editor of Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal (

* *Eric Mann *is an author and civil rights, anti-war, labor, and
environmental organizer whose career spans 50 years. He has worked with the
Congress of Racial Equality, Newark Community Union Project, Students for a
Democratic Society, the Black Panther Party, the United Automobile Workers,
and the New Directions Movement. He is the director of the Labor/Community
Strategy Center in Los Angeles and author of Playbook for Progressives: The
16 Qualities of the Successful Organizer (

* *Joseph G. Ramsey*, UMass Boston-based scholar-activist and organizer,
author of recent articles engaging Cedric Robinson and Richard Wright (
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08854300.2020.1862559) as well
as Judas and the Black Messiah (

*Socialism and Democracy*‘s Editor-at-Large, *Victor Wallis* (
http://victorwallis.com/) will join as this week’s guest host.

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