The Russian Revolution, Africa and the Diaspora

This article is part of Black Perspective’s  forum, “Black October,” on the Russian Revolution and the African Diaspora. W. E. B. Du Bois and Shirley Graham Du Bois viewing the May Day parade in Moscow’s Red Square, May 1, 1959. W. E. B. Du Bois Papers (MS 312). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst…

Black Bolsheviks and White Lies

Peta Lindsay A lot of nonsense has been written about the role of Putin’s Russia in subverting “our democracy.” As though our democracy had been functioning perfectly (even reasonably) well, until these shadowy Russian forces purchased a few Facebook ads that sent us all into the streets. It’s a laughable concept. I’m sorry, did Putin…

Why Claudia Jones Will Always Be More Relevant than Ta-Nehisi Coates

Charisse Burden-Stelly “Coates assumes that all the leftists are white, and all race analysis is liberal.” In 1940, Doxey Wilkerson, a Black Marxist educator, editor, and leader of the American Federation of Teachers, broke with Gunnar Myrdal and the Carnegie Corporation funded project, An America Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy. He did so…

The New Segregation: Antifa Redefines ‘Black Lives Matter’

The alt-right’s No to Marxism rally on Sunday, Aug. 27, in Berkeley drew opposition that far outnumbered the White Nationalists. One witness estimated that black-clad Antifa, gathered here at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, made up about 20 percent of the counter-protesters. – Photo: Amy Osborne, AFP (Oh, by the way, the Fascists are already…

Karen Spellman and the SNCC Legacy Project – Black Power Chronicle

When did the “Civil Rights Movement” morph into the “Black Power Era” — or is that a false dichotomy. The best testimony on that question comes from those who participated in the process – people like Karen Spellman, an early activist with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and currently co-director of the Black Power Chronicles….

The Black Messiah Movement

By Minister Paul Scott Back during the Black Power Era, if you were down for the cause, people called you “aware.” In the Hip Hop Era, the term for being politically up to date was “conscious.” Now, with the Millennials, if you are in tune with what’s going on in the world, you are referred…