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BLACK RADICALISM IN THE UNITED STATES
April 14-15, 2018 - New York City

Benny Andrews "Did The Bear Sit Under A Tree?" (1969) © Estate of Benny Andrews/DACS, London/VAGA, NY 2017

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This two-day conference in New York City will bring together scholars and activists dealing with the history and the legacy of Black Radicalism in the US from multiple perspectives.

Black Radicalism in the United States had many faces and followed many directions, yet always dealt with the important question of how the plight of African Americans—the (former) slaves—in the US could be changed for the better. Many of the ideas related to this question might have been utopian, but even more of them were radical, covering the broad meaning of the word, from political radicalism or questions related to the nation, to religious and cultural forms of radical thoughts.

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PROGRAM 

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 | Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office

9:30am: Welcome Notes

9:45-11:00am: Panel 1 | Disputes and Dialectics
The Dialectics of Black Nationalism (Albert Scharenberg, RLS–NYC)

From Black Reconstruction to Black Liberation: The Radicalization of William Edward Burghardt DuBois, 1931-1961 (Charisse Burden-Stelly, Carleton College)

C.L.R. James and the Hidden Disputes within the Black Radical Tradition (Matthew Quest, Arkansas)

11:15-12:30pm: Panel 2 | Thought Leaders of Black Radicalism
Gendering the Black Radical Tradition: Grace P. Campbell’s Role in the Formation of a Radical Feminist Tradition in African American Intellectual Culture (Lydia Lindsey, North Carolina Central University)

“My Kind of Communist”: Marxism, Nationalism, and Richard Wright’s Radical Imagination (Shana A. Russell, Rutgers University)

Claudia Jones: Recentering Communism on Black Women’s Issues (Gregory Bekhtari, Paris Nanterre University, France)

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch Break

1:30-3:15pm: Panel 3 | The “Black Belt” Nation
Early Black Socialists and Radical Internationalism in the United States, 1850-1919 (Charles Holm, University of Texas at Austin)

“Black Belt Nation”: Populism, Labor and The Growth of Radicalism within the African American Civil Rights Movement, 1870-1935 (Willie Mack, SNHU)

“The Communist International and the Fight Against Black Oppression in the United States in the 1920s and 1930s” (Jacob A. Zumoff (New Jersey City University)

Hosea Hudson and African American Communism in the “Black Belt” (Frank Jacob, Queensborough Community College)

3:30-4:30pm: Panel 4 | Black Radicals, Socialism, and Communism
Marvel Cooke, Black Feminist Beacon of Conduct in the Depression Era (Laura Hapke, Pace University)

This City in Itself: Harlem’s Socialists and the Challenge to New Deal Liberalism (Robin Dearmon Muhammad, Ohio University)

4:45-5:45pm: Roundtable | Black Radicalism in Arts, Literature, and Press
5 minutes of short impulse presentations followed by a roundtable, discussing today’s role of Black Radicalism in arts, literature, and press.

“Black Radical Knowledge Production in the Academy: Africana Existentialism v. Afropessimism” (LaRose T. Parris, LaGuardia Community College)

Harlem Renaissance as Dialectical Gambit of Black Radicalism (A. Shahid Stover, Brotherwise Dispatch)

The Printed Legacy of the Black Liberation Movement (Brad Duncan, University of Pennsylvania, AFSCME Local 590)

Fascination and Failure: Communist Ideas, the Black Nationalists Movement, and Jazz in 1960s and 1970s America (Rüdiger Ritter, TU Chemnitz, Germany)

6:00pm: Dinner

6:30-7:00pm: Worker Writers School
Poetry Presentations

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 15 | The Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

9:30-10:00am: Interludium | Fifty Years after Martin Luther King Jr.

Obery M. Hendricks, Jr. (Columbia University)

10:00-11:15am: Panel 5 | The Legacy of the Black Panther Party

The Black Panther Party in Chicago (Ethan Young, Left Labor Project)

“To Build the World Anew: Black Anti-imperialism in the era of Black Power” (Robyn C. Spencer, Lehman College)

The Film Reviews of the Black Panther Party (Kazembe Balagun, RLS–NYC)

11:30-12:45pm: Panel 6 | The International Dimensions of Black Radicalism

Black, Dutch & Radical: Exploring the Politics of Black Dutch Radicals (Mitchell Esasjas and Jessy De Abreu, Black Archives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Making Differences Work and Fight: The Black Movement(s) in Germany (Folashade Ajayi and Tahir Della, Initiative Black People in Germany)

“Black Fire” – Conceptualizations of Black Liberation and Engaged Views of African and Black Aesthetics in the USA and South Africa (Lena Dallywater, Graduate School “Global and Area Studies” at the Research Academy Leipzig, Germany)

12:45pm: Closing Remarks

LOCATIONS

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office
275 Madison Avenue (entrance on 40th St.)
Suite 2114
New York, NY 10016

The Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
New York University
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

This event is co-organized by Dr. Frank Jacob (Queensborough Community College), the Tamiment Library, and the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung—New York Office.

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