The material basis for Black Livez Matter movement

By Workers World staff posted on May 19, 2015 The rebellions in both Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore in response to state terror — more commonly called police brutality — are the most tremendous examples of rising social upheaval in the United States. The Black Lives Matter movement that has sprung up in the wake of […]

Remembering Malcolm X

Since the untimely transition of Malcolm X in 1965, movement forces throughout the world have consistently commemorated his birthday. Malcolm X was born on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. It was on February 21, 1965 that Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan, New York by forces that were trying to […]

Revolutionising the people: Interview with Black Panther Emory Douglas

by Katie Wood and Manolya Moustafa Emory Douglas at a tour of his exhibition ‘Freedom Now: The Art of Black Liberation’ at Marxism 2015 conference Early in 1967, radical Black artist Emory Douglas was invited to an organising meeting for the visit of Malcolm X’s widow, Betty Shabazz, to the Bay Area in California. Emory […]

An appreciation: Dr. Ben, legendary Egypt scholar, dean of Harlem Street University

by Todd Steven Burroughs Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan, known to the African world as “Dr. Ben,” believed that education belonged to any member of his race who wanted it. Perhaps that was because of the 20th century tradition of ad-hoc “street universities,” with step-ladder orators as varied as Malcolm X and “Porkchop” Davis, a tradition […]

The revolutionary legacy of Malcolm X

by Barry Sheppard February was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, one of the greatest leaders of the Black liberation movement of the 1960s. Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin once wrote: “During the lifetime of great revolutionaries, the oppressing classes constantly hounded them, received their theories with the most savage malice, the […]

Abu-Jamal on Obama, Ferguson, and How Afrikan-Amerikanz ‘Live in Hell’

“Oppression abroad gives rise to oppressions at home,” Abu-Jamal tells Sputnik in his first exclusive interview following a stint in solitary confinement. America’s most famous “political prisoner” argues that the plight of African-Americans has only gotten worse under President Obama. Activist and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner […]

Why we shouldn’t ask “…what would Malcolm X have done had he lived?”

  “Malcolm’s trajectory could have taken any number of directions.  Yes, there are some directions that are probably more likely, all things being equal.  Yet all things are never equal and there are factors that can emerge that can change an entire equation.” In connection with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X […]

Barry Sheppard: Recovering the revolutionary legacy of Malcolm X

  By Barry Sheppard March 5, 2015 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — February 21 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, one of the greatest leaders of the 1960s Black liberation movement in the United States. Lenin once wrote: During the lifetime of great revolutionaries, the oppressing classes constantly […]

Revolutionary Daily Thought

“…when you select heroes about which black children ought to be taught, let them be black heroes who have died fighting for the benefit of black people.  We never were taught about Christophe or Dessalines.  It was the slave revolt in Haiti when slaves, black slaves, had the soldiers of Napoleon tied down and forced […]