Black Marxism Reading Group

Lane History Corner, Room 302

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Hello Esteemed Colleagues, 

Having completed Cedric Robinson's Black Marxism last quarterwe are looking forward to discussing its scholarly outgrowths and the lives of marginalized black people within the diaspora who have applied and utilized Marxist theory. This quarter we will focus on what Eric F. McDuffie in Sojourning for Freedom (2011) has referred to as a "Black Left Feminism," meaning we will focus specifically on black women within the African diaspora, who have engaged with Marxist theory and leftist politics in the broader struggle for racial and economic equality. 


  • Organize, Fight, Win: Black Communist Women's Political Writings, ed. Charisse Burden Stelly & Jodi Dean: 
    • Sections I: "Struggle in the Early Years" (p. 17-41) & Section II "Organizing, Labor, and Military" (41-122)

  • Erick F. McDuffie, Sojourning for Truth: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism:
    • CHP. 1: 1. "Black Communist Women Pioneers, 1919–1930" (p. 25-57) 

Note: Organize, Fight, Win is an edited collection of historical writings, so you can focus on what you want or read it all and still be able to participate. You can also choose to focus on the chapter of McDuffie only which is a great overview. 

(Dinner will be provided--vegan & vegetarian options will be provided as always)