Feb 02

Black Power at 50


This conversation examines several dimensions of Black Power then and now. Jamala Rogers explains Black Power as a protracted struggle against Police Brutality and Killer Cops from Newark in 1967 to Ferguson in the present. With photography, Mark Speltz presents a visual history of the Black freedom struggle in the Jim Crow North. Stephen Ward explores the revolutionary love between James and Grace Lee Boggs at the center of Detroit’s Black Radicalism. Komozi Woodard presents Black Power and the Bandung West from Malcolm X and the Black Arts Movement to Yuri Kochiyama and the Young Lords.


  • Jamala Rogers

    Organizer, Author
  • Mark Speltz

    Author, Historian
  • Stephen Ward

    University of Michigan
  • Komozi Woodard

    Sarah 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.



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