Online Forum: The Imprisoned Black Radical Tradition
Black Perspectives, the award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), will host an online forum in honor of Black August on the Imprisoned Black Radical Tradition organized by Garrett Felber. The forum begins on Monday, August 10th and concludes on Friday, August 14th. It will feature materials by Felber, Dan Berger, Orisanmi Burton, Casey Goonan, Joy James, Toussaint Losier, Joy Powell, Dylan Rodríguez, Russell Maroon Shoatz, & Stephen Wilson.
During the week of the online forum, Black Perspectives will publish new blog posts every day at 5:30AM EST. Please follow Black Perspectives (@BlkPerspectives) and AAIHS (@AAIHS) on Twitter, like AAIHS on Facebook, or subscribe to our blog for updates. By subscribing to Black Perspectives, each new post will automatically be delivered to your inbox during the week of the roundtable.
About the Organizer
Garrett Felber is Assistant Professor in the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History at the University of Mississippi. Felber is the author of Those Who Know Don't Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement and the Carceral State (UNC Press, 2020) and co-author of The Portable Malcolm X Reader with the late Manning Marable (Penguin Classics, 2013). Felber's work has been published in the Journal of American History, Journal of African American History, Journal of Social History, andSouls. Felber was the lead organizer of the Making and Unmaking Mass Incarcerationconference and is the Project Director of the Parchman Oral History Project (POHP), a collaborative oral history, archival, and documentary storytelling project on incarceration in Mississippi. In 2016, Felber co-founded Liberation Literacy, an abolitionist collective inside and outside Oregon prisons. He spearheaded the Prison Abolition Syllabus, a reading list published by Black Perspectives which highlighted and contextualized the prison strikes of 2016 and 2018.
About the Participants
Joy James is the Ebenezer Fitch Professor of the Humanities at Williams College and author of Resisting State Violence; Transcending the Talented Tenth; Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics; Seeking the 'Beloved Community'. The editor of the Angela Y. Davis Reader and co-editor of The Black Feminist Reader, James's anthologies on incarceration and political imprisonment include: States of Confinement; The New Abolitionists; Imprisoned Intellectuals; Warfare in the American Homeland . She is completing a book titled "The Captive Maternal Leverages Democracy." James advocates for political prisoners and works with the Abolition Collective BIUs Blog.
Toussaint Losier is an Assistant Professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Dr. Losier holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago, with his research focusing on grassroots responses to the postwar emergence of mass incarceration in Chicago. At the UMass Amherst, he teaches courses on African American History, Black Politics, Criminal Justice policy, and transnational social movements. His writing has been published in Souls, Radical History Review, The Journal of Urban History, Against the Current, and Left Turn Magazine. He is co-author of Rethinking the American Prison Movement with Dan Berger and preparing a book manuscript titled, War for the City: Black Chicago and the Rise of the Carceral State.
Dylan Rodríguez is a Professor at the University of California, Riverside in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies. He served as Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies from 2009-2016 and was elected Chair of the UC Riverside Academic Senate by his faculty peers in 2016. Prof. Rodríguez is the author of two books: Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) and Suspended Apocalypse: White Supremacy, Genocide, and the Filipino Condition (University of Minnesota Press, 2009). His writing and public intellectual work, which include more than four dozen published articles and book chapters, have appeared in a wide cross-section of scholarly and popular venues.
Russell Maroon Shoatz is a dedicated community activist, founding member of the Black Unity Council, form member of the Black Panther Party and soldier in the Black Liberation Army. He is serving multiple life sentences as a US-held political prisoner/ prisoner of war.
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