Category Archives: Day in the Life

REPARATIONS: From Conversation to ACTION

Nationally and locally in the United States, we see political leaders who in both word and deed are seeking to exploit racial divisions through using racist language and by enacting legislation negatively targeting Black, Brown, and Indigenous populations. These cynical and destructive actions feed cycles of increasing racial inequity with respect to employment, education, housing, and other socioeconomic indicators. Against this backdrop, what are the possibilities for reparative action and are there any signs of forward progress? The FOR or Fellowship of Reconciliation has organized a panel of leading global thinkers and organizers on reparations for slavery and the racial oppression of people of African descent to discuss how to move from informed concern to action.  Register now to join a public conversation with 6 distinguished speakers:
* Dr. Iva Carruthers, General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (Chicago IL) * Rev. Lucas Johnson, Coordinator, International FOR (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) * Jodie Geddes, President, Coming to the Table Board of Managers (Oakland CA) * Dr. Amilcar Shabazz, Vice President, National Council for Black Studies (Amherst MA)
The panel will be co-moderated by: * Chrissi Jackson, Co-Director, The Truth Telling Project (San Diego CA) * Dr. David Ragland, Senior Bayard Rustin Fellow, FOR (Brooklyn NY / St. Louis MO)
Click to learn more about how to register to join the discussion that takes place Jan 30, 2018, at 7:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)  

Shabazz and Horne on Harambee Radio

Dr. Gerald Horne, University of Houston, and Dr. Amilcar Shabazz, University of Massachusetts, discuss the current situation in Zimbabwe on The Harambee Radio and Television Network. From the First Chimurenga to the recent “coup that was not a coup,” these eminent historians talk about the  the rise and fall (golden handshakes an all) of Robert Gabriel Mugabe [Run time 1 hour, sixteen minutes; Date: 11/30/2017].

Gerald Horne, among many other books, is the author of From the Barrel of a Gun: The United States and the War against Zimbabwe, 1965-1980 (UNC Press, 2001). Amilcar Shabazz, Vice President of the National Council for Black Studies, is the co-editor of Women and Others Perspectives on Race, Gender, and Empire with Celia Daileader and Rhoda Johnson.

Active Journals Publishing in Africana Studies

African American Review
Black Renaissance
Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies and Research
Journal of African American History (Originally The Journal of Negro History)
Journal of African American Studies
Journal of Black Studies
Journal of Pan-African Studies
NCBS’s International Journal of Africana Studies
Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society
Western Journal of Black Studies

eBlack Studies has a list of over 80 journal titles at the link below:
WARNING: The page above is badly in need of being updated! Many of the links for the journals are not working or go nowhere. Some of the journals listed no longer exist. The ones I’ve listed above are very respected, have been consistently coming out through the years (except for the IJAS–but we’re coming back!), and not so bound to a [euro]traditional disciplinary perspective.

My moment on BBC

Plot Summary for
What Ron Said (2004) (TV) More at IMDbPro »

“Former football manager and commentator Ron Atkinson takes a journey of discovery to find out why his use of one racist word ended his career. He discusses the issue with friends, colleagues and detractors, and also visits the USA where the offending word has even greater significance.”

Darcus Howe on the BBC-1/Aspect TV program I was in with some of my students:

Darcus Howe meets Big “lazy, thick nigger” Ron
Published 08 November 2004 in NEW STATEMAN

CBS calls me about Ernest Withers

So as I am preparing my lecture for my “History of the Civil Rights Movement” class (that meets at 8AM Wednesday), I get a call from someone who identifies himself as a producer for CBS News. He wants to discuss coming to interview me about the Memphis-based photographer Ernest Withers. A couple of days ago Marc Perrusquia, a reporter with the Memphis Commercial Appeal, wrote an extensive story outing Withers as a paid FBI informant.

What is the news here? Numerous historians have made it clear that the FBI spied on and waged counterinsurgency warfare against the Black Freedom Struggle (from Jack Johnson and Marcus Garvey to Martin Luther King and Angela Davis). Is the new twist that an African American photographer who was seen as an ally of the movement has been revealed to be a double agent? See below for a link to the story.

O, as Brother Bob say, “I’ll never forget no way how they crucify Jesus Christ. And I’ll never forget how they sold Marcus Garvey for rice. I’ll never forget how they turn their back on Paul Bogle. So don’t you forget, no way. Who you are and where you stand in the struggle.” Rasta don’t work for no CIA or FBI, but blacks have done so and these intelligence agencies have used them at times skillfully and at times clumsily. We should dig out and study such cases, but the media interest must raise skeptical eyes too.