Champion of the Black Community Is Given Her Rightful Due in Richmond

Maggie L. Walker fought segregation her whole life in the former capital of the Confederacy. Now her statue towers over the Virginia city The daughter of an enslaved woman, Maggie L. Walker led the fight for civil rights and women’s rights in Richmond, Virginia. (National Museum of American History) By Ben Panko In Richmond, Virginia, a city full […]

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 […]

We Need to Talk About All Aspectz of Racism

by Tom Watts We need to talk about all kinds of racism and about racism in general, because it is all reactionary and all serves to perpetuate inequality and class exploitation. If we are serious about ending racism, we have got to understand it, where it comes from, who it serves and how it works, […]

The Civil War: Lessonz for today’z struggle

By Sam Marcy Below are excerpts from the book “The Klan and the Government: Foes or Allies?” written in 1983 by Sam Marcy, the founder of Workers World Party. The entire book can be read online at workers.org. In the Civil War in the U.S., the bourgeois democratic revolution was aborted. It did result in […]

The Origin of Amerikan Policing: by W.E.B. Du Bois

by NOI Research The Origin of American Policing: W.E.B. Du Bois [from BLACK RECONSTRUCTION: AN ESSAY TOWARD A HISTORY OF THE PART WHICH BLACK FOLK PLAYED IN THE ATTEMPT TO RECONSTRUCT DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA, 1860-1880] “The system of slavery demanded a special police force and such a force was made possible and unusually effective by the […]

Cornel West on What the Courageouz Ida B. Wellz Taught Uz About the Black Freedom Movement

Beacon Press / By Cornel West, Christa Buschendorf A look at the willingness of this young, militant, uncompromising, bold, and fearless woman and journalist. Excerpted fromBlack Prophetic Fireby Cornel West in Dialogue with and Edited by Christa Buschendorf. Copyright 2014. Excerpted with permission by Beacon Press. Editor’s Note: In Black Prophetic Fire, Cornel West, in […]

NATURE first made us what we are and then out of our own creative genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that GREAT LAW”. ~Marcus Garvey Related articles Revolutionary Daily Thought Marcus Garvey: Look For Me In The Whirlwind Marcus Garvey, the Afrikan Union, the Afrikan Diaspora A Hundred Years of […]

Inside a CCA private prison: Two slavez for the price of one, Part Two

by Anthony Robinson Jr. “The slave went free, stood a brief moment in the sun, then moved back again towards slavery.” – W.E.B. Du Bois, “Black Reconstruction” In 1973, the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals issued a report which stated in part: “The prison, the reformatory and the jail have achieved […]

Happy 131st Birthday Hubert Harrison, Giant of Black History

News, analysis and commentary from the black left. via Happy 131st Birthday Hubert Harrison, Giant of Black History.     by Jeffrey B. Perry More race conscious than A. Philip Randolph and more class conscious than Marcus Garvey, Hubert H. Harrison’s “ideas on the centrality of the struggle against white supremacy anticipated the profound transformative […]