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The role of Black journalism in the struggle for freedom

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February 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Join us for our next webinar titled The Role of Black Journalism in the Struggle for Freedom: The West Indian Gazette, The Daily Worker, Freedom and Freedomways featuring Dr. Carole Boyce Davies, Jarvis Tyner, and Amandla Thomas-Johnson. This event is being co-sponsored by our friends at Black Women Radicals.

This event will taking place close to the date of Claudia Jones’ 107th birthday, so we will be taking a particular look at her career as a movement journalist and her role as a writer for the Communist Party and other struggles she was involved in both the United States and Britain.

Date:  Thursday, February 17
Time: 6:30 PM Eastern Time, 5:30 Central, 3:30 Pacific

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Carole Boyce Davies
is a student-first, Caribbean-American radical intellectual committed to social justice. She is currently the Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters in the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Africana Studies and Literatures in English at Cornell University. From the mid-1980s and throughout the 1990s, she was a popular award-winning professor at the State University of New York, Binghamton. In 1997, she was recruited to build the African Diaspora Studies Program at Florida International University where she served three successful terms until 2007 when she joined the Cornell faculty. She is an African Diaspora scholar in scholarship and in practice and is a popular speaker on several related topics.

Jarvis Tyner is a longtime activist and the former Executive Vice Chair of the Communist Party USA. He has a long history in the struggle for civil rights, labor justice and the strategic unity of the two struggles and he has been an active participant in the movement since the early sixties. Jarvis was a founding member of the W.E.B. Du Bois Clubs of America established in 1964 and later a leader of the Young Workers Liberation League. He ran on the Communist Party ticket for Vice President of the United States in 1972 and 1976 along with Gus Hall. Tyner has been an active spokesperson against racism, imperialism and war. He has written numerous articles and pamphlets and appeared on the media, campuses, and in other public venues advocating for peace, equality, and the socialist alternative.

Amandla Thomas-Johnson is a British-born writer of African-Caribbean descent. As a journalist, he has reported from a dozen countries, including Chile, Trinidad and Tobago and Switzerland. He was based in Dakar, Senegal for three years, covering West Africa, including The Gambia, Guinea and Mali. He has worked for The Guardian, Middle East Eye, The Daily Telegraph, Aljazeera, BBC, Vice and was trained at Channel 4. He is now pursuing a PhD at Cornell University’s Department of Literatures in English.

This event will be moderated by Farrah Rahaman, who is a Trinidadian cultural worker based in Philadelphia, PA.



February 17
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:


Claudia Jones School for Political Education
Black Women Radicals


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