May 07

Black and Brown Coalitions


With Sonia Song-Ha Lee, Washington University in St. Louis; Alejandra Marchevsky, California State University, Los Angeles; Johanna Fernandez, Baruch College, CUNY; and Frederick Douglass Opie, Babson College.


  • Johanna Fernandez

    Baruch College CUNY

    Dr. Johanna Fernández is a former Fulbright Scholar to Jordan in the Middle East and Assistant Professor of History at Baruch College of the City University of New York. She has written numerous articles on the activism, politics and gender dynamics of the Young Lords that have been published in field-defining anthologies of the sixties movements. Her Young Lords article in Freedom North: Black Freedom Struggles Outside of South and her article on Denise Oliver and the women of the Young Lords in Want to Start a Revolution: Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle are cited as ground breaking texts that have changed the way historians understand the civil rights and black power era.

    Her forthcoming book, When the World Was Their Stage: A History of the Young Lords Party, 1969–1976, will be published by Princeton University Press in 2016. Professor Fernández developed the exhibition project ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York, alongside of Art Historian Yasmin Ramirez. The project, which has been reviewed by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and NPR is currently showing at the Bronx Museum, El Museo del Barrio and Loisada Center.

    Fernández is an activist scholar known for her work in the movement to Free Mumia. She is editor of Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal. With Mumia Abu-Jamal she is co-editor of a special issue of the journal Socialism and Democracy, titled The Roots of Mass Incarceration in the US: Locking Up Black Dissidents and Punishing the Poor. She is the writer and producer of the film, Justice on Trial: the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

    Johanna Fernández received her Ph.D. in United States History at Columbia University under the direction of the late Manning Marable.

  • Sonia Lee

    Washington University in St. Louis

    Sonia Lee is an Assistant Professor of History at Washington University in St. Louis. Her book is titled Building a Latino Civil Rights Movement: Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and the Pursuit of Racial Justice in New York City (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2014).

  • Alejandra Marchevsky

    California State University, Los Angeles

    Alejandra Marchevsky is professor of Liberal Studies and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and affiliate faculty in Latin American Studies, at California State University, Los Angeles. Her work focuses on Latina/os, migration, and the state, and she is co-author of Not Working: Latina Immigrants, Low-Wage Jobs, and the Failure of Welfare Reform. She also serves on the executive board of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles (CHIRLA).

  • Fred Opie

    Babson College

    Frederick Douglass Opie is a Professor of History and Foodways at Babson College where he teaches course such as Race and Ethnicity in Latin America Through the Lens of Food. He is the editor of the blog and the author of several books including Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala. Is most recent book is Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food. To learn more about his work visit



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