black power

"You've Struck a Rock." Gender and Transformation in the US and South Africa - M. Bahati Kuumba

An article on women's crucial role in the US Civil Rights Movement and in the struggle against apartheid. In the Montgomery bus boycott and the South African anti-pass campaign women's autonomous organizations catalyzed mass movements to higher levels. We do not agree with all the premises of the article but believe it contains interesting information.

The League of Revolutionary Black Workers and the coming of revolution - Eric Perkins

Contemporary article on the League of Revolutionary Black Workers from Radical America which, though uncritical of their nationalistic sentiments, contains a lot of interesting information.

DRUM: vanguard of the black revolution

A short history of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement, detailing their beginnings as well as their opposition to the United Auto Workers union.

From repression to revolution - speech by Kenneth V. Cockrel

Philadelphia Black Panthers stripped and handcuffed, 1970.

Kenneth V. Cockrel's speech at a repression conference in Detroit outlining some problems with the focus of radical black groups away from struggle and towards fighting repression.

The carrot and the stick: December 11, 1968

DRUM's attack on the spectacle of the Chrysler Corporation's "milestone agreement" to "pour $1,000,000 into colored-owned banks in three US cities".

A disgrace before God: Striking black sanitation workers vs. black officialdom in 1977 Atlanta

Atlanta 1963: High school student arrested at civil rights protest.

This article is a case study of the betrayal of the African American working class by the Black political class brought to power by the Civil Rights and Black Power movements of the 1960's.

Black particularity reconsidered - Adolph L. Reed Jr.

Angela Davis, Stalinist and leftist icon

An in-depth 1970s analysis of how the management of black dissent by the black American middle-class/professional elite helped restructure capitalism to its own advantage. Originally published in the journal 'Telos' #39, 1979.

Black autonomy: civil rights, the Panthers and today - Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin and JoNina Abron

The Black Panthers in front of the Alemeda Courthouse during Huey Newton's Trial

Interview with two anarchist ex-Black Panthers about their involvement in the civil rights movement, the Panthers and the relevance of anarchism to black struggle.

The Black Panther Party for Self Defense

Black Panther rally

A short history of and comment on the revolutionary black American socialist organisation, the BPP, which at its height reached around 5,000 members, before disintegrating due to a campaign of state terror and internal problems.

(For a more critical look at the Panthers and their times see James Carr, The Black Panthers, & All That).

A proletarian critique of the Nation of Islam - Melancholic Troglodytes

This is a proletarian critique of the U.S. based Nation of Islam (NOI). With anything between 20,000 and 100,000 members and capable of engineering massive reactionary mobilizations, the Nation represents a significant counter-revolutionary force. The pamphlet looks at NOI's history and evolution, the way it exploits its membership and its promotion of anti-working class, sexist, homophobic and racist ideology. Melancholic Troglodytes hope this text will encourage further analysis of NOI, religion and race from a class perspective.