Conversation: How Black freedom struggle shapes America


Join People's World in celebrating African American History Month with a national teleconference presentation by Prof. Jamie Wilson Tues, Feb 19, 8 pm Eastern on "From the civil rights movement to Obama: the Black freedom struggle makes American history."

The black freedom struggle in the mid- to late-20th century exposed discrimination to the nation in stark terms and forced it to grapple with one of its most pressing problems, what W.E.B. Du Bois called the the color line.

African American grassroots activists, leaders, and organizations helped remap American History, forcing the nation to reexamine the basic democratic principles by which we live; forcing the country to live up to principals of its founding.

How does Black History shape American History? What remains of the problem of the "color line" today? Does the reelection of Pres. Barack Obama signal a "post-racial" era or an opportunity for the struggle for equality?

Join us for the conversation.

Jamie Wilson is an associate professor of African American and Modern US History and writes on black cultural formation, political thought and religion. Author of Building a Healthy Black Harlem (Cambria, 2009), which examines the urbanization of black Harlem in the Jazz Age and Great Depression, and The Civil Rights Movement (ABC-Clio, January 2013), a reference guide to the Civil Rights Movement, Wilson is now beginning a biographical project about the late Gil Scott-Heron, the rhythm and blues artist.

February 19
8pm Eastern (7pm Central, 6pm Mountain, 5pm Pacific)
Call 605-475-4850
Dial 1053538# at the prompt

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Photo: Professor Jamie Wilson

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  • Telling, in this short invitation to this immensely important "Conversation"is the description of the middle and later 20th century struggles-these having been largely precipitated in the very early 20th century organization and agitation by W. E. B. Du Bois himself, in groups he helped lead.
    Moreover, a head-on challenge to emerging industrial capital, demanding that full equality, social, educational, economic and civil rights be accorded to the people of color and women.
    Also, attending these struggles, was the growing demand for socialism in the United States of America, shown by Du Bois's socialists brothers and sisters like Mary White Ovington, William English Walling and Charles Edward Russell(all named in Du Bois's famous application letter to the C P U S A in 1961).
    In the 21st century, we demand real solutions to racism and imperialist empire-as Du Bois wrote in 1961-which is incapable of meaningful reform-we demand equality, peace, jobs and socialism for the workers of all colors and backgrounds.
    To quote Du Bois-"The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression."

    Posted by E.E.W. Clay, 02/13/2013 9:54am (2 years ago)

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