Futures of Black Radicalism, with Alex Lubin & Gaye Theresa Johnson

Join us on Monday, February 19
at 6 pm

for a reading and discussion with editors

Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin
of their book

in conversation with Kenya C. Ramey and Akil Parker from the Philadelphia Black History Collaborative
moderated by Christopher Rogers

“In America, issues of race, poverty, and injustice haunt our nation. Futures of Black Radicalism examines causes and resolutions of these troubling challenges. The need for radical thinking has never been more evident. To this end, this book is not just a gift; it is a necessity.”
– Harry Belafonte

Black rebellion has returned. Dramatic protests have risen up in scores of cities and campuses; there is renewed engagement with the history of Black radical movements and thought. Here, key intellectuals—inspired by the new movements and by the seminal work of the scholar Cedric J. Robinson—recall the powerful tradition of Black radicalism while defining new directions for the activists and thinkers it inspires.

In a time when activists in Ferguson, Palestine, Baltimore, and Hong Kong immediately connect across vast distances, this book makes clear that new Black radical politics is thoroughly internationalist and redraws the links between Black resistance and anti-capitalism. Featuring the key voices in this new intellectual wave, this collection outlines one of the most vibrant areas of thought today.

With contributions from Greg Burris, Jordan T. Camp, Angela Davis, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Avery F. Gordon, Stefano Harney, Christina Heatherton, Robin D.G. Kelley, George Lipsitz, Fred Moten, Paul Ortiz, Steven Osuna, Kwame M. Phillips, Shana L. Redmond, Cedric J. Robinson, Elizabeth P. Robinson, Nikhil Pal Singh, Damien M. Sojoyner, Darryl C. Thomas, and Françoise Vergès.

“An astonishing gathering of essays and interviews featuring leading emerging radical intellectuals.”
– David Roediger, author of Class, Race, and Marxism



Gaye Theresa Johnson
Gaye Theresa Johnson writes and teaches on race and racism, cultural history, spatial politics, and political economy.  Her first book, Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spatial Entitlement in Los Angeles (University of California Press) is a history of civil rights and spatial struggles among Black and Brown freedom seekers and cultural workers in LA. Johnson’s current work includes an edited volume on The Futures of Black Radicalism, co-edited with Alex Lubin, and a single-authored book currently titled These Walls Will Fall: Protest at the Intersection of Immigrant Detention and Mass Incarceration. In it, she demonstrates how visual and aural protest art constitute one of the most significant discourses of resistance to twentieth and 21st century anti-immigrant and pro-carceral policy and practices, revealing how expressive cultures enact an alternative narrative history about migration, race, and power. Johnson has also contributed journal articles and book chapters to historical, cultural studies, and ethnic studies volumes.  She has been a visiting researcher at Stanford University’s Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, as well as at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa.  She is active with the Los Angeles Community Action Network’s struggle for housing and civil rights on LA’s skid row and is the 2013 recipient of the Freedom Now! Award for her efforts.  She is a member of the board of directors for the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) and an advisory board member for the Rosenberg Fund for Children.  

Alex Lubin

Alex Lubin is Professor and Chair of the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico.  From 2011-2013 he served as the Director of the Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Lubin's scholarship engages global histories of race, the African Diaspora, and America in the world, with a particular focus on U.S./Middle East relations. He is the author of Geographies of Liberation: The Making of an Afro-Arab Political Imaginary (UNC, 2014) and Romance and Rights: The Politics of Interracial Intimacy, 1945-1954. He is the editor of Revising the Blueprint: Ann Petry and the Literary Left; Settler Colonialism: A South Atlantic Quarterly Special issue (with Alyosha Goldstein); American Studies Encounters the Middle East (with Marwan Kraidy, forthcoming); and The Cultural Front in the U.S. War on Terror (with Lisa Hajjar, forthcoming). Lubin is currently working on a history of a mid-nineteenth century naval ship called the USS Supply, a ship that was a key link in the global supply chain that enabled American expansion between the Mexican war and the Spanish American War.  Lubin’s publications are available at: https://unm.academia.edu/AlexLubin

Kenya C. Ramey
As a 4th generation practitioner, Kenya C. Ramey's pedagogy is influenced by the historiography of indigenous cultures of the world and contemporary movements; Having received her formal education from Virginia State University (BA, History) and Temple University (MA, Africana Studies). For the past 12 years, Kenya has serviced as an educator for the NYC Department of Education, School District of Philadelphia and several international communities: Ghana, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Africa, Cuba, Brazil, India, Haiti and Puerto Rico facilitating courses on Black/African Diaspora History and Culture. Kenya’s work is grounded in the teachings and discipline of the following community organizations: Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC), Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE), Children's Defense Fund Freedom School Movement (CDF), Philadelphia Freedom Schools Movement (PFS) and Philadelphia Black History Collaborative (PBHC). In her walk, Kenya interconnects her African-Centered paradigm, with her professional experiences and community organizing to be manifestations of her essential commitment to education, cultural advocacy and the ultimate liberation of her people. Currently, she holds the position of Research in Social Studies Teacher at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School.

Akil Parker has been a high school mathematics teacher in the Philadelphia for the past 13 years. He currently teaches at Overbrook High School grounding his practice in an African-Centered Worldview while providing culturally relevant delivery methods. This culturally relevant approach is often met with resistance from students, staff and administration alike but the ends will justify the means. After graduating from Morgan State University with a B.S. in finance he worked as a bank examiner for one year before shifting careers and entering the classroom. Years later, he earned his M.Ed in educational leadership form Lincoln University. He is a fierce advocate of HBCUs and a father of two children that also motivate the development of his teaching practice daily. His teaching practice has also been greatly influenced by his involvement in liberatory organizations such as ASCAC
(Assoc for the Study of Classical African Civilizations), AHSA (African Heritage Studies Association) and A-APRP (All-African People’s Revolutionary Party).


Christopher Rogers was born and raised in Chester, PA and graduated Class of 2006 from the illustrious Chester High School. He is a core member of Teacher Action Group Philadelphia, who organizes teachers and other community educators to work toward education justice within the city of Philadelphia and beyond. He also has a special relationship with the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance where he serves as Public Programs Director for the Paul Robeson House Museum, located at 4951 Walnut St.. He's a student of history and a deep believer in the power of the arts. You can usually find him with a book, or two, or three, between his hometown Chester and his current North Philadelphia, where you might recognize Emory Douglas art work and Gordon Parks photography peaking out from the windows.

Event date: 

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6304
Futures of Black Radicalism Cover Image
By Gaye Theresa Johnson (Editor), Alex Lubin (Editor)
ISBN: 9781784787585
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Verso - August 29th, 2017