Thu, Apr 01



Black and Red: Socialism and Black Liberation

Join a conversation with three scholars on the historic relationship between Black activists and the socialist movement.

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Time & Location

Apr 01, 2021, 3:30 PM


About the Event

Throughout the twentieth century, the Black freedom movement intersected in various ways with the communist and socialist movements. The first Black woman to run for president of the United States was Charlene Mitchell, who ran on the Communist Party ticket in 1968. From Hubert Harrison, W..E.B. Du Bois, and Claudia Jones, to Esther Cooper Jackson and Angela Davis, many of the leading lights of the Black movement have also been communists or socialists. Join this conversation to discuss this often overlooked red thread through Black radical history.

The discussion features authors Barbara Smith (Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forth Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith), Robin D.G. Kelley (Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times), and Charisse Burden-Stelly (co-author with Gerald Horne, W.E.B. Du Bois: A Life in American History).

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