Tag Archives: Robin D. G. Kelley

Alabama Communists During the Great Depression

This interview was originally posted on npr.org. For more on these questions, please see The Marxist-Leninist’s archive of the writings of Harry Haywood, the principal theorist of the African American National Question. See also, “The Third International and the Struggle for a Correct Line on the African American National Question” by the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

How ‘Communism’ Brought Racial Equality To The South

Tell Me More continues its Black History Month series of conversations with a discussion about the role of the Communist Party. It was prominent in the fight for racial equality in the south, specifically Alabama, where segregation was most oppressive. Many courageous activists were communists. Host Michel Martin speaks with historian Robin Kelley about his book “Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression” about how the communist party tried to secure racial, economic, and political reforms.

To listen to the interview, go here: Interview with Robin D.G. Kelley.

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Black Like Mao

Mao’s China, along with the Cuban Revolution and African Nationalism, internationalized the black revolution in profound ways. Mao gave black radicals a non-Western model of Marxism that placed greater emphasis on local conditions and historical circumstances than canonical texts.

A friend sent me this article by Robin D. G. Kelley and Betsy Esche, “Black Like Mao: Red China and Black Revolution” (PDF) from Souls Vol. 1 #4. It is about the influence that the Chinese Revolution and the thought of Mao Zedong had on radical African American activists, including figures like W. E. B. Du Bois, Harry Haywood, Robert Williams, the Black Panther Party, Elaine Brown, Huey P. Newton, General Baker, Nelson Perry, Amiri Baraka and others. Continue reading