The story of how Anne Braden liberated herself from the culture of segregation she was raised in and became a powerful anti-racist voice and activist. This story explores the moments that helped Anne make that shift as a young woman, and what that journey was like. Part one leaves off just as the civil rights movement is beginning, and right after Anne was subjected to a McCarthyist witch-hunt that left her a demonized and isolated figure in the South. Part two will dive into her role in the movement, her focus on organizing other White Southerners, and her friendships with figures including Rosa Parks, Ella Baker, and Martin Luther King.
The story of Gandhi’s early study of the abolitionist movement against slavery and the teachings of Booker T. Washington; of the way W.E.B. Du Bois’s notion of a ‘global color line’ – combined with his tireless outreach to anticolonial freedom fighters – helped to draw South Asians and African Americans together; of African Americans debating whether Gandhi’s strategies could apply to them throughout the 1920s; and of Marcus Garvey’s belief that the Indian freedom struggle served as an example of the possiblilty for the expansive unity he envisioned as a Pan-Africanist. Part of the “Black Internationalism” series.
The story of how Nazis studied and were inspired by American race laws, ranging from Hitler’s praise of American immigration laws in Mein Kampf, to Nazi legal scholars debating whether a Jim Crow system could work in Germany, to two years of study and debate of American race laws that directly inspired the infamous Nuremberg Laws that created a full scale racist state in Nazi Germany in 1935. Part of the “Understanding White Supremacy” series.
The story of how major global events influenced American race relations in the decades leading up to the civil rights movement; including how the rise of fascism in Germany led many white Americans to feel increasingly uncomfortable with violent white supremacy in the United States; how the segregated army of WWII alienated important non-white military allies and therefore became a national security concern; how white supremacy during the Cold War pushed the emerging nations of Africa and Asia towards alliances with the Soviet Union and thereby became an even greater national security concern; and of how the U.S. government responded to white supremacy becoming a national security concern both through global propaganda efforts and through serious reform. Part of the “Reframing Civil Rights” series.
The story of Rosa Parks as a radical activist and believer in self-defense and Black Power; of the Women’s Political Council that started the boycott and of the many women who came before Mrs. Parks; and of the development of King’s profound vision of nonviolent resistance through the aid of his brilliant new mentor, Bayard Rustin… who as a gay man was forced to stay in the shadows. A story rich in strategy and spirituality that explores the local to global context in which the boycott occurred. Part of the “Reframing Civil Rights” series.
The story of Gandhi’s disciples touring black universities and building ties between black Americans and the people of India; of the connection between Gandhi and the famed African American scientist George Washington Carver; and of the journey’s made by Howard Thurman and Benjamin Mays – later teachers of Martin Luther King – to meet with Gandhi. Explores the global dimensions of white supremacy and offers a rich portrayal of Gandhi’s fusion of spirituality and politics and of why his teachings resonated so powerfully with African Americans. Part of the “Black Internationalism” series.
The story of how the first African American heavyweight champion inspired racially oppressed and colonized people around the world; was exiled from the United States and moved to Mexico during the Revolution; befriended President Venustiano Carranza and trained the top Mexican generals in the art of boxing; and inspired African Americans by forcefully standing up against white supremacy from abroad. A story that explores the formation of whiteness and the solidarity of the “darker peoples of the world” in the early 20th century, as well as the racial politics of sports and technology. Part of the “Black Internationalism” series.
The story of how Malcolm X was raised in a family of Pan-Africanist Garveyites; closely observed the anticolonial freedom struggles taking place while he was a young minister for the Nation of Islam; came to believe that African Americans should become part of a larger global movement for racial justice; travelled across Africa building support amongst African leaders to bring human rights abuses against African Americans to the floor of the UN; emerged as a major leader of Islam with full support from the Islamic leaders of the Middle East; and had major revelations about race, class, and gender during his stay in Ghana, leading him to begin building a multiracial organization just before his death in an attempt to build a united front against racial oppression. Part of the “Black Internationalism” series.