Komozi Woodard—Revolutionary in Residence
at the Labor/Community Strategy Center
Komozi Woodard is a long-time movement organizer, the Revolutionary in Residence at the Labor/Community Strategy Center, and professor of history at Sarah Lawrence College
He is the author of the influential Nation Within a Nation—Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones) and Black Power Politics. His book, that he will discuss with Eric, is a trenchant analysis of the long history of Revolutionary Black Cultural Nationalism and Its Reflection in the Congress of African People, The Black Power Movement in Newark, New Jersey, and the U.S., and its organizational reflection in the National Black Political Convention
The Strategy Center is grappling with the present-day strategic questions of how to build an anti-raciist, anti-imperialist united front focusing on the centrality of the Black Nation and the Black Latino alliance. Along with Manuel Criollo, the Center’s director of organizing, we are trying to re-build a the tradition of Black and Third World Revolutionary Thought to shape our own work and to impact today’s movement.
Eric Mann is a veteran of the Congress of Racial Equality, the Newark Community Union, Students for Democratic Society, The United Auto Workers, and The League of Revolutionary Struggle. He organized Komozi in 1966 during Vietnam Summer in Newark when Komozi was a student at Weequahic High School. Komozi went on to work with SNCC, Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement, the Congress of African People and the October League. Komozi and Eric have been trying to apply lessons and theories of Black Revolutionary Nationalism, Third World Marxism, and Maoism to today’s struggle.
Join us for this conversation between two long-time comrades followed by a Q and A and Book Signing of A Nation Within a Nation—Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones) and Black Power Politics