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Feb 2018

4

8:00 PM

Ben Davis: The Communist Councilman from Harlem

Online/Phone Only United States

You can register here. Using newspapers, election materials and historical documents, this class will explorethe unique set of circumstances leading to Ben Davis Jr. becoming a "communist councilman" from Harlem and the persecution he faced at the beginning of the Red Scare when he was sentenced to five years in prison after he was a defendant in the first of the Smith Act Trials. We will consider lessons from his life, the way he was portrayed in media and reassess his impact.   Facilitator:…

Feb 2018

14

8:00 PM

African American leaders of the CPUSA

Online/Phone Only United States

 You can register here. From its beginnings in the early years of the 20th century, the Communist Party USA was the only left political movement emphasizing racial justice for African Americans, and many in the Black community reciprocated in their support for the Party.  Recognition of the relevance of Marxism for Black liberation, and of the absolute necessity of Black-white unity, continues through the present as the Party prepares to celebrate its 100th year. The leadership role of African Americans in the CPUSA is a major feature throughout its history. …

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