Black Reconstruction In Our Times Recap

At the Fourth Annual  Howard Zinn Book Fair, we tried something a little different with the programming.  Our friends at the Center For Political Education organized a day-long track called “Black Reconstruction In Our Times.” Updating the ideas put forth in W.EB. Dubois 1945 book, the track featured recent works by a range of authors and editors in conversation with local organizers and activists.  The sessions generated great insight and discussion and we were proud to host such lively exchanges. Thank you to all of the presenters and especially Rachel Herzing and Issac Ontiveros for organizing.

Videos of the sessions are posted on CPE’s Youtube Channel. Here’s a recap:

Land
Featured Publication: Development Drowned and Reborn: The Blues and Bourbon Restorations in Post-Katrina New Orleans by Clyde Woods, Jordan T. Camp and Laura Pulido (eds.)
Speakers: Jordan T. Camp (listen to Jordan talking about the book on WORT’s Public Affairs)
Melissa Crosby, Black Land and Liberation Initiative (see the Just Transition Zine Crosby discussed here)

Education
Featured Publication: First Strike: Educational Enclosures in Black Los Angeles by Damien Sojoyner
Speakers: Damien Sojoyner (here’s an interview with Damien about the book)
Chela Delgado, Teachers 4 Social Justice
Sónia Vaz Borges, Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Chrissy Anderson-Zavala, local educator and activist

Labor
Featured Publication: Ready to Work, Uprooting Injustice: Black Workers in Los Angeles County by Saba Waheed, Tamara Haywood, Lola Smallwood-Cuevas, Psalm Brown, and Reyna Orellana of the UCLA Labor Center
Speakers: Saba Waheed
Melissa Burch, scholar and activist
Danielle Mahones, Bay Area Black Workers Center

Political Power
Featured Publications: Futures of Black Radicalism, Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin (eds.) and A Motorcycle on Hell Run: Tanzania, Black Power, and the Uncertain Future of Pan-Africanism, 1964-1974, by Seth Markle
Speakers: Gaye Theresa Johnson
Alex Lubin
Seth Markle
Maisha Quint, Center for Political Education
Sanyika Bryant, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (here’s information about Cooperation Jackson, referenced by Sanyika)

Resisting Repression
Featured Publication: From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics by Jakobi Williams
Speakers: Jakobi Williams
Richard Brown, Committee for the Defense of Human Rights
Donna Willmott, Catalyst Project (here’s the Troublemakers Guide, Donna shared)

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