Murdering Fred Hampton and Black Power with Bruce Dixon and Todd Steven Burroughs

  Coming on the heels of the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Fred Hampton (December 4, 1969) and the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party Bruce Dixon of BlackAgendaReport.com and Dr. Todd Steven Burroughs of DrumsInTheGlobalVillage.com were on hand for a discussion of the academic erasure of radical politics from The Black Panther Party and Black Power. Beginning with […]

Young, gifted and Black – art’s power for the people

  Outside the door opening up to the Soul of a Nation exhibition at Tate Modern screens offer vintage news footage of Black leaders Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, James Baldwin, Malcolm X and Angela Davis. These men and women – two of whom were assassinated – shaped the political landscape of the 1960s and […]

What Would the Black Panthers Think of Black Lives Matter?

Black Panther Party official Fred Hampton speaking at a Chicago rally for the Chicago 8, activists charged with causing a riot during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. In the background is writer-activist Dr. Benjamin Spock. In 1969, police killed Hampton in a raid on his apartment. (AP) The black revolution is much more than a struggle […]

Black Power’s Global Pulse

By Quito Swan   Black Power demonstration and march, Lancaster Road, West London, 1970. Source: British National Archives. This year, the Black Panther Party (BPP), arguably the most influential Black Power organization, celebrated fifty years since its founding. While many remember the Party for its political influence in the United States, the BPP was also one of the key […]

Black Power in Papua New Guinea

by Quito Swan Chico Neblett and Bobby Seale (back) leading audience with a Black Power salute at the Black Community Survival Conference, March 30, 1972 (Bob Fitch Photography Archive, Stanford University Libraries) The Black Power Movement stretched across the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific ocean worlds in both expected and surprising ways. Scholarship on Black Power in Oceania has largely […]

The Roots of “Malcolmology”

April 10, 2016  By Russell Rickford Malcolm X. Chicago, 1961. Photo by Eve Arnold—Magnum For me, as for many children of the 1980s, the recent death of Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest triggered a wave of nostalgia for the “conscious” hip hop of the 1990s, a genre that blended playful, jazz-inflected lyrics with potent themes […]

Angela Davis – Lectures on Liberation

Angela Davis – Lectures on Liberation INTRODUCTION Presented here are Professor Angela Davis’ initial lectures for “Recurring Philosophical Themes in Black Literature,” her first course at UCLA, taught during the Fall Quarter of 1969. Identifier AngelaDavis-LecturesOnLiberation DOWNLOAD OPTIONS download 1 file ABBYY GZ download download 1 file DAISY download download 1 file EPUB download download 1 file FULL TEXT download download 1 file KINDLE download download 1 […]

Consciousness of being: Re-imagining Biko 40 years on

A lecture delivered at the University of California Los Angeles and Freedom Park, 7 July 2017 The Drum Veli Mbele Jul 20, 2017 Forty years after Steve Biko’s murder in detention, the world we live in has not changed fundamentally for Black people. Regardless of where you reside in the world, how educated you are, […]

The 1967 Rebellion and Visions of an Independent Black Detroit

By Austin McCoy Image of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion in Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Photo: Thomas Giggs. In all likelihood, the progressive slogan—“Another city is possible”—grew from the ashes of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion. While many will remember the destruction, the presence of the National Guard, and the many who died during the uprising, it is […]

A gathering to honor a freedom fighter

by SAEED SHABAZZ Assata Shakur “My name is Assata (she who struggles) Olugbala (for the people) Shakur (the thankful one), and I am a 20th century escaped slave,” she wrote on her website in 2013. “Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence […]