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May 9 – Gotham’s Black Radical Past (and Future?)

The Gotham Center presents:

Gotham’s Black Radical Past (and Future?)

Wednesday, May 9th, 6:30 p.m.


New York has often been a headquarters for social, political and economic reform. And the city’s internationalism often gave movements here a more radical tinge. How did that global perspective shape far-left and progressive black activism in 20th c. America? And what should we learn from this radical past?

Margaret Stevens talks about her new book, Red International and Black Caribbean, which re-situates black New York during the interwar period within the radical global anti-colonial struggle. Christopher Tinson speaks about his new work, Radical Intellect, the first history of the NYC-based Liberator magazine, exploring the influential radical black journal of the 1960s. Nikhil Singh, author of Black is a Country and the new Race and America’s Long War, talks about the radical black tradition in our current moment. Premilla Nadasen (author, Household Workers Unite, and consultant on the National Domestic Workers Alliance “We Dream in Black Project”) joins and moderates.

Co-sponsored by Verso Books, Pluto Press, The University of North Carolina Press, The University of California Press, and The Museum of the City of New York.


The Graduate Center, CUNY

Skylight Room (9th Floor)

365 Fifth Ave., btw. 34th and 35th St.