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.