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The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley (audiobook)

The New Liberator

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965)El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz
(May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965)

Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother, Louise Norton Little, was a homemaker occupied with the family’s eight children. His father, Earl Little, was an outspoken Baptist minister and avid supporter of black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey. Earl’s civil rights activism prompted death threats from the white supremacist organization Black Legion, forcing the family to relocate twice before Malcolm’s fourth birthday.

Malcolm’s siblings: (in order of birth) Ella, Earl and Mary (half-siblings from Earl’s previous marriage); Wilfred, Hilda, Philbert, Reginald and Yvonne.

Rev. Little was found dead in 1931 after being beaten and left on the train tracks, where he was run over by a streetcar. Malcolm was 6 at the time. No one was ever convicted of the crime but his death is widely attributed to the Black Legion. Malcolm’s…

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Killing Trayvons ~ “American Violence at the Intersection of Race & Class”

kag3with Kevin Alexander Gray

Co-editor [with Jeffrey St. Clair and JoAnn Wypijewski] of Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence, and author of Waiting for Lightning to Strike: The Fundamentals of Black Politics for an evening of analysis, dialogue and performance.

Killing Trayvons

Gray is a civil rights organizer in South Carolina. He is a contributing editor to Counterpunch, on the boards of RESIST & Savannah River Site Watch. He served as a national board member of the American Civil Liberties Union for 4 years & is a past eight-term president of the South Carolina affiliate of the ACLU.  Advisory board member of DRC Net (Drug Policy Reform Coalition), & was Jesse Jackson’s ’88 SC campaign manager. 

“There’s no keener mind, no sharper eye, focused on the condition of black politics. Gray’s take is radical, so his focus is always ample and humane.”

Adam Gottlieb

 joining Kevin will be Adam Gottlieb

Adam is a poet-emcee/teaching-artist/singer-songwriter/revolutionary from Chicago. As a teen, he was featured in the 2009 documentary film “Louder Than A Bomb.” Since then, he has gone on to perform and teach widely throughout Chicago and the U.S. In 2012 he co-founded the Royal Souls open mic in the East Roger’s Park neighborhood of Chicago. He is a founder of the Chicago branch of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade, and performs with his band OneLove.

Also featuring . . . Chicago poets active in the ‘Let Us Breathe’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, along with members of high school teams in the 2015 Louder than a Bomb spoken word competition.

The presentation by Gray and the performances by the artists will be followed by a conversation with the author, poets and audience!

Join Us for an evening of analysis, dialogue and performance!

Saturday, April 11th.  6 – 8 PM
Powell’s Books Chicago
1218 South Halsted

Sponsored by: The Chicago Consortium for Working Class Studies & the RevolutionaryPoets Brigade, Chicago

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NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT: Summaries of the statements made by the Transform Now Plowshares


Below is a summary of each pre-sentencing statement delivered by the Transform Now Plowshares (courtesy of Art Laffin of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in Washington, D.C.)


Summary Notes of Michael Walli’s Pre-Sentencing Statement

  • Stated that he was offended by the fact that the Nazi regime had a legal right to exist and that either by silence or overt support Catholics consented to it.
  • Quoted St. Thomas Aquinas: “Laws that do not serve the common good are unjust.”
  • Quoted St. Augustine: “An unjust law is no law at all.”
  • Stated that he acted in accordance with Jesus. Jesus’ declaration, “Blessed are the peacemakers,” was a call to action.
  • Stated that his actions at Y-12 did not constitute a violation of law, but rather his obedience to God’s law. “I am a citizen of heaven. We engaged in our lawful, missionary work at Y-12. I committed no crime. I have no…

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Proud To Be

Watch the #BigGame commercial the NFL would never air. Get involved by contacting the Washington Professional Football Team, the NFL and the Washington Post.

DC Team@redskins…

Roger Goodell & NFL


Washington Post, DC’s hometown paper is still using the R-word in its coverage of the team.


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February 2, 2014 · 5:57 pm

The Black Misleadership Class v. the Movement and Its Legacy

Black Agenda Report Fundraiser & 7th Anniversary Celebration

Join BAR, Cornel West and Other Special Guests for our 7th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser in Harlem's Historic Riverside Church

Join BAR, Cornel West and Other Special Guests for our 7th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser in Harlem’s Historic Riverside Church

Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford, Nellie Bailey, Bruce Dixon & Margaret Kimberley join Cornel West, Kevin Alexander Gray, Marsha Coleman-Abedayo, Ajamu Baraka and other comrades to delve into the vast gulf between the pretensions of the black misleadership class and the promise of the movement past yet to come. 

Join us Friday, October 18th at Harlem’s historic Riverside Church, 400 Riverside Drive, NYC, as the Riverside Church Social Justice Ministry & Black Agenda Report proudly celebrate the 7th anniversary of BAR. Reception & program from 6 to 9:30 p.m.


Our black misleaders pretend to be the successors and fruits of the historical black Freedom Movement.  But Wells Fargo or Comcast or the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation didn’t fund the Freedom movement.  

The Freedom Movement successfully called our people to stand against war and empire.  Our current crop of black misleaders and TV talking heads are “cruise missile liberals” eager to line up behind the drone bombings of Somalia, Libya, Syria or anyplace else, prepared to ignore or excuse the persecution of whistleblowers, the coddling of banksters, the unleashing of the NSA or pretty much anything else as long as the president is black and/or a Democrat.  

Black unemployment was double white employment 45 years ago when there were only handfuls of black elected officials.  But today with more than ten thousands black elected officials on every level, relative black unemployment is has not changed, although black incarceration rates have skyrocketed.  In the last few years, with our black misleadership class supposedly at the height of their power and influence, black family wealth has plunged from a tenth that of the average white family to a twentieth.

Activists of the Freedom Movement era fought for quality education for all children, while our current black misleaders are champions of for-profit charter schools.    Our black misleaders have no answers to the housing crisis or black mass incarceration because they no longer believe social justice is possible.  From the president on down, our black misleaders, instead of “representing” the voices of our people in the halls of power, govern us on behalf of those powerful interests. 

If President Obama and the rest of our black misleadership class truly stood upon the shoulders of MLK, Ella Baker, Malcolm X and Fannie Lou Hamer, they’d be standing somewhere else.  

Since our beginning in 2006, we at Black Agenda Report have focused our attention the black misleadership class and its role in normalizing punitive and unfair policies that white authorities could not implement without them.  

Join us as we celebrate and organize to fight back!

Reception & program: 6 PM to 7 PM, minimum donation $100

Program only: 7 PM to 9:30 PM, minimum donation $30


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Are You Ready? Remembering Alexander Cockburn | June 6, 1941 – July 21, 2012

Alex CockburnRadical journalist and author Alexander Cockburn, who passed away July 21, 2012, was celebrated at a memorial in New York last September attended by (among others) Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali and the extended Cockburn family. Laura Flanders has put together a very nice tribute video from the memorial.  It includes many of the Kopkind extended family like Kevin Alexander Gray, JoAnn Wypijewski, Najla Said and some great pictures.

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