Fallen Freedom Fighters: An Evening commemorating the lives of Maya Angelou, Chokwe Lumumba, General Baker, Thelma Dale and Amiri Baraka
"Recently, Black America lost a number of its most important cultural and political voices. This conversation is an evening commemorating the lives of Maya Angelou, Chokwe Lumumba, General Baker, Thelma Dale and Amiri Baraka with Farah Jasmine Griffin, Akinyele Umoja, Robyn Spencer, Dayo Gore and Komozi Woodard respectively." - Komozi Woodard
Farah Jasmine GriffinColumbia University
Farah Jasmine Griffin is a professor of English and comparative literature and African American Studies at Columbia University, where she has served as director of the Institute for Research in African American studies. In addition to editing several collections of letters and essays she is the author of Who Set You Flowin’: The African American Migration Narrative (Oxford, 1995), If You Can’t Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday (Free Press, 2001) and Clawing At the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever (Thomas Dunne, 2008).
Akinyele UmojaGeorgia State University
Akinyele Umoja is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of African-American Studies at Georgia State University. He is also the author of We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance and the Mississippi Freedom Movement (New York University, 2013). Along with Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and others, Umoja is also a founding member of the New Afrikan Peoples Organization and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.
Professor Umoja’s publications include “From Malcolm X to Omowale Malik Shabazz: The Transformation and Its Impact on the Black Liberation Struggle” in James Conyers and Andrew Smallwood, Malcolm X: Historical Reader and “Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers: An Ethnographic Study,” “Repression Breeds Resistance: The Black Liberation Army and the Legacy of the Black Panther Party,” in Lance J. Jeffries, Black Power in the Belly of the Beast.
Robyn SpencerLehman College CUNY
Dr. Spencer is a professor of African American History at Lehman College. She also taught African and African American Studies and History at Penn State University from 2001-2007. Before that, she was a Visiting Predoctoral Fellow at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia. Her areas of interest include black social protest after World War II, urban and working-class radicalism, and gender. She is the author of Mad at History, and is currently completing a book about the Black Panther Party.
Dayo GoreUniversity of California, San Diego
Dayo F. Gore is an Associate Professor in the Ethnic Studies Department and Critical Gender Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She received her Ph.D. in History from New York University and has previously taught at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Professor Gore is the author of Radicalism at the Crossroads: African American Women Activists in the Cold War and co-editor(with Jeanne Theoharis and Komozi Woodard )of Want to Start of Revolution: Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle.
Komozi WoodardSarah Lawrence College
Komozi Woodard is Professor of History, Public Policy and Africana Studies at Sarah Lawrence College. Earning a Ph.D. in History at the University of Pennsylvania and B.A. in Sociology-Anthropology, Dr. Woodard held the Esther Raushenbush Professorship in History at Sarah Lawrence College; served on the Board of Directors of the Urban History Association; edited a few African American newspapers and cultural journals as well as Black Power & Black Arts Movement archives; directed an international news service and a radio news program; curated library, museum and college programs; and published hundreds of news and scholarly articles as well as six books, including these: A Nation within a Nation: Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) and Black Power Politics; The Making of the New Ark; The Black Power Movement: Amiri Baraka from Black Arts to Black Radicalism, Freedom North, Groundwork and Want to Start a Revolution: Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle?
Komozi Woodard began as a civil rights & black power activist, then journalist as well as an economic adviser, urban planner and community developer. Woodard began teaching in 1968 when he established a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee or SNCC liberation school and when he initiated Africana Studies at Dickinson College. Woodard was a founding member of the Congress of African Students at Dickinson College, the international Congress of African People, the national Black Women’s United Front, the international African Liberation Support Committee, the National Black Political Assembly, the National Black United Front, the Anti-Imperialist Cultural Union and the Stop Killer Cop Campaign and so forth.