Black grassroots activism from the 20th to 21st century

A book review essay by yours truly of After the Rebellion: Black Youth, Social Movement Activism, and the Post-Civil Rights Generation (2014) by Sekou Franklin and Whose Harlem is This Anyway? Community Politics and Grassroots Activism during the New Negro Era (2015) by Shannon King. (2017). Black grassroots activism from the 20th to 21st century. Social Movement Studies. Ahead of Print. doi: 10.1080/14742837.2017.1319272 Source: Black … Continue reading Black grassroots activism from the 20th to 21st century

Detroit food spots – saving for later

I am super excited to be returning to my beloved Detroit on Friday! Amazing people and amazing food. Our last visit yielded some great destinations. I had one more to share, but lost the pictures. Thanks to Minnie (my godson’s daughter, pictured here) playing with my computer, the lost pictures were found in my drive. […] via This New Detroit Eatery Has That FIRE! #ChopsGrill #ClapBlackSeason … Continue reading Detroit food spots – saving for later

By Rashauna Johnson At the turn of the nineteenth century, the shocks and aftershocks of at least four intertwined revolutions together transformed New Orleans. The French and Haitian Revolutions led to emancipation across the French Caribbean and prompted thousands of refugees to migrate from Saint-Domingue to Louisiana.[1] There they met members of another revolutionary diaspora, […] via Slavery’s Metropolis: The Place of Enslaved People in a … Continue reading

Former Haitian President Rene Preval deceased.

I’m currently traveling in Haiti and heard this news yesterday. An obituary by Frances Robles and Jonathan M. Katz for the New York Times. René Préval, the former president of Haiti who led his nation out of turmoil after a coup but stumbled through the trauma of the deadliest natural disaster ever recorded in the Americas, the earthquake of 2010, died onFriday at his home … Continue reading Former Haitian President Rene Preval deceased.

Crises of Capital, Populist Politics

Originally posted on Mobilizing Ideas:
The social movements field of scholarship no longer holds strain and breakdown theories in high regard when attempting to understand and explain mobilization emergence. However, as micromobilization theorist Aldon Morris explained in Frontiers in Social Movement Theory, collective action and social movement consciousness must be located within the systems of domination that oppress actors in a myriad of ways. It… Continue reading Crises of Capital, Populist Politics

Charismatic Leadership and Race-conscious Politics via Mobilizing Ideas

This month, we’ve celebrated the birth and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who has become the face of African American civil rights in the United States and human rights worldwide. While there is much of King’s legacy that remains under appreciated, particularly his post-1963 “I Have a Dream” speech critiques of capitalism […] via “ ‘Walk Together Children!’ The Charismatic Leadership and Race-Conscious … Continue reading Charismatic Leadership and Race-conscious Politics via Mobilizing Ideas