Civil Rights and Black Power Movements

“Get up, Stand Up!” Peter Tosh: A revolutionary life

On September 11, 1987, unidentified assailants ambushed and assassinated the Rasta musician and revolutionary Peter Tosh in Kingston, Jamaica. The very poverty and violence...

50 years since the Panthers formed, Capitalism + Drugs still...

“Trapped in a vicious cycle of ignorance, poverty, disease, sickness and death, and there seems no way out. There seems to be no way...

The racist history of police militarization and mass incarceration

The following is adapted from Puryear’s book “Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America” (Liberation Books, 2013) In August 1971, a lawyer for big...

When Native people in North Carolina drove out the KKK

Racists defeated in 1958 Battle of Hayes Pond In the 1950s, the movement for civil rights had gained serious momentum, shaking the system of Jim...

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Ed

What is the legacy of this historic civil rights victory? Nearly sixty years ago, on May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the landmark...

The long history of Black and Palestinian solidarity

International solidarity in the face of racism The acquittal of racist murderer George Zimmerman sparked outrage and demonstrations not only in the United States, but...

Communism and Black resistance in the 1930s South

Book review: "Hammer and Hoe" Photo: Univ. of North Carolina Press

Cambridge, Md. 1963: when the civil rights movement hit back

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic and militant struggle of the Second Ward residents of Dorchester County, Maryland in 1963. The...

Watts 1965: from spontaneous uprising to revolutionary force

With the 40th anniversary of the Watts rebellion upon us, many still point to the arrests of Marquette, Rena and Ronald Frye as the...

The civil rights and Black Power movements

From democratic rights to national liberation The decade of the 1950s is known for the dramatic rise of reactionary politics, especially...