E12: The League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit

League of Revolutionary Black Workers.
League of Revolutionary Black Workers.

Episode about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit in the late 60s/early 70s, in conversation with Herb Boyd, author of Black Detroit and former member of the group, and Dan Georgakas, author of Detroit I Do Mind Dying.

Submitted by Working Class … on January 13, 2019

Bonus audio with Herb about Detroit’s black history available exclusively for our patreon supporters here: patreon.com/workingclasshistory
This is a short history of the League: https://libcom.org/library/league-revolutionary-black-workers

MORE INFORMATION

– Detroit: I Do Mind Dying, by Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin is the definitive book on the league, available here: https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/458-detroit-i-do-mind-dying
– Black Detroit, by Herb Boyd is available here: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Detroit-Peoples-History-Self-Determination/dp/0062346628
– This is an archive of content about the League: https://libcom.org/tags/league-revolutionary-black-workers
– Finally Got the News – a documentary made at the time about the group can be seen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw2Wr-odBJg

FOOTNOTES

– Facing Reality – archive by and about them here: https://libcom.org/tags/facing-reality
– James Boggs – this is a great text by Boggs about his experiences: https://libcom.org/library/american-revolution-pages-negro-workers-notebook
– Grace Lee Boggs – archive by and about her here: https://libcom.org/tags/grace-lee-boggs
– Martin Glaberman – archive by and about him here: https://libcom.org/tags/martin-glaberman
– The 1967 Detroit rebellion – https://libcom.org/history/detroit-riot-1967
– Bristol Radical History Group – here is the video of the talk with General Baker: https://www.brh.org.uk/site/events/dagenham-drum-and-the-league-of-black-revolutionary-workers/

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

– Edited by Abbey Little
– Music used under fair use is Please Mr. Foreman by Joe Lee Carter. Buy it online here: https://www.amazon.com/Please-Mr-Foreman/dp/B06WWGLJ4B/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534344007&sr=8-1&keywords=Please+Mr.+Foreman++-+Joe+Lee+Carter+-