The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May 2020 sparked national outrage that coalesced into a movement across the United States demanding real, structural change in local law enforcement and the U.S. justice system. As this movement consolidated around the unifying demand of “Defund the Police,” a widespread interest in the rich history of Black radical thought reemerged. Leftist discourse reignited a critical study of ideas like the relationship between race and class, third world nationalism, critical race theory, and identity politics. What are the origins of these ideas, and how far back in our socialist history do they reach?
The DSA-LA Political Education Committee is proud to present our original Night School for 2022, A Study Series on Black Leftist Thought.
Spanning March through June, this seven module series will introduce attendees to the writings, speeches, and perspectives of Black leftists through most of the twentieth century. Through original sources in writing, audio, and video, we will trace back the history of discourses introduced and developed by Black socialists, all of which have profound impact on our political landscape today.Join the DSA-LA Political Education Committee for our third class of the Political Education Committee’s 7-Part Night School: A Study Series on Black Leftist Thought Pan Africanism and Internationalism.
- Amilcar Cabral, The Weapon of Theory (1966), 18 pages.
- Julius K. Nyrere, Ujamma — The Basis of African Socialism (1962), 8 pages.
- Walter Rodney, Aspects of the International Class Struggle in Africa, the Caribbean and America (1974), 10 pages.