Tag Archives: African American writing

Theatre of the Absurd

By Mumia Abu-Jamal   When I was a young Panther, a tiny, bald, blue-eyed Frenchman came to visit the national headquarters in Berkeley, California. David Hilliard, the Chief of Staff of the Black Panther Party, greeted him briefly, and then … Continue reading

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“Mumia and the Multitudes” by Seth Tobocman

Seth Tobocman is an author, artist, and educator living in New York City. Perhaps best known as the co-founder and editor of the comic journal World War 3 Illustrated, Tobocman’s bold graphics have been immortalized in exhibitions, in the pages … Continue reading

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Rad Women Read Rad American Women A-Z: Radical Monarchs Read “X Is for the Women Whose Names We Don’t Know”

If you don’t usually watch the Rad American Women videos, you should take the time to watch this one. We had the honor of welcoming two of the Radical Monarchs, a club for young women of color, to the City … Continue reading

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Printers Ink Is the Greater Explosive: Pamphlet Publishing as Insurgent Art

By Greg Ruggiero Howard Zinn once wrote that “perhaps the most important publication in the history of the United States was neither a book nor a periodical, but a pamphlet.” For Zinn, “the pamphlets of history are a perfect expression of … Continue reading

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5 Questions with Ayize Jama-Everett

Very excited to be welcoming Ayize Jama-Everett to City Lights Bookstore this Wednesday. Ayize is celebrating two new publications from Small Beer Press (out of Easthampton, MA), both staff favorites at City Lights. He answered our 5 questions below. Event: … Continue reading

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Events at City Lights Bookstore, September 2015

Our Fall event season at City Lights Bookstore kicks off this September. As always, there is a mixture of fiction and poetry, noir and nonfiction, local authors and visitors on their nationwide book tour. This month we have a John … Continue reading

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New from City Lights Publishers: Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings by Mumia Abu-Jamal presents a selection of over 100 previously unpublished essays spanning the entire period of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s incarceration that crystallize his essential perspectives on community, politics, protest, history, social change and … Continue reading

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Clarence Lusane’s The Black History of the White House

In 2010 the Arizona legislature enacted HB 2281, which bans the teaching of courses in public schools that, among other things, treat people as “a group, rather than as individuals.” The intended effect of the law was clear immediately to … Continue reading

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Flashback: Bayard Rustin Awarded Medal of Freedom

The Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States, in which the White House honors those who have made a major contribution to the security and interest of the U.S. In 2013, President Barack Obama awarded … Continue reading

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