“Black radical tradition” reading group

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Date(s) - Sat Feb 7 2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm



This reading group will meet weekly to discuss selected readings from what Cedric Robinson has called the “black radical tradition”: a body of writing (as well as music, drama, and art) deeply engaged with thinking through the complex relationship between racism, black chattel slavery, colonialism, and capitalism.

Our focus will largely be on 20th century social criticism from the US, moving from W.E.B. Du Bois’s analysis of reconstruction and its aftermath to Claudia Jones writing on antiblack racism and the “woman question,” from debates over the “black belt thesis” to theories of internal colonialism and the emergence of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers.

This initial collection of readings will end sometime in the mid-1970s. Depending upon group interest, there will be the possibility of continuing to meet to discuss post-70s antiracist and anticapitalist readings. We expect everyone to do the readings so that all discussions can focus on the texts.

For the first meeting on February 7th, the reading is:

  1.                 Slavery and Capitalism
  2.             W.E.B. Du Bois, Black Reconstruction, chs. 1-3

Optional secondary reading: Ahmed Shawki, Black Liberation and Socialism, Chapters 1-4.


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