The Year of W.E.B. Dubois
Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, marked the 150th anniversary of W.E.B. Dubois’ birth with a special message. “For today’s scholars in history and sociology, his texts remain required reading, just as Freud’s remain central to modern psychology,” said Abu Jamal, in an essay for Prison Radio. The Philadelphia City Council has named 2018 “The Year of W.E.B. Dubois,” who early in his career as a scholar-activist authored a groundbreaking study of the city’s Black population.
Dubois: Activist and Educator
Philadelphia’s Saturday Free School kicked off a year of activities celebrating W.E.B. Dubois’ life and work with a symposium at the Church of the Advocate. “Dubois developed some of the deepest theories when it comes to understanding the human condition,” said public school teacher and Free School activist Ismael Jimenez. “He’s measuring your soul against the tape of a world that looks on with amused contempt and pity.” Black Agenda Report executive editor Glen Ford told the crowd: “Dubois believed that Black labor was the central force of the Black movement, and was also the most revolutionary component of labor in the United States.”
Dollar to Get Knocked Off Its Pedestal
Duboisian scholar and activist Dr. Anthony Monteiro said the Chinese yuan will topple the dollar from its artificial position as the world’s reserve currency. The rise of the yuan “will redefine the entire architecture of global trade and the relationship of currencies” and “end the special, exorbitant privileges that the U.S. dollar has held since 1971,” when President Nixon took the U.S. off the gold standard.
Sundiata Acoli’s “Affirmation”
Political prisoner Sundiata Acoli, who was arrested with fellow Black Panther Assata Shakur in 1973, is among a host of political prisoners and activists that took part in a reading of Shakur’s poem, “Affirmation,” written in exile in Cuba. Acoli will not be eligible for parole until 2032, when he will be 94 years old. “Affirmation” reads, in part: “I have been locked up by the lawless, handcuffed by the haters, gagged by the greedy, and if I know anything at all, it’s that a wall is just a wall…it can be broken down.”
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