Dr. Carole Boyce Davies joined us this morning for a discussion of the life, work and continuing relevance of Claudia Jones.  Boyce-Davies’ book, Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones, provided us a nice basis from which to discuss primarily, as she writes, “Recovering the Radical Black Female Subject,” along with other topics such as internal colonialism, communism and radical pan-Africanism.  We also talked briefly about the current state Black/Africana Studies as we also looked to pay tribute to the real politics of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Originally aired January 14, 2011


  1. Good to hear this interview with Jared Ball later.

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  3. Jared thank you for sharing. I appreciated two points Dr. Davies made: one, that more work needs to be done on the fifties and two, that a lot of Caribbean migrant parents (like mine) come to America and emphasize studying the traditional disciplines over the important africana studies discipline which has, as Dr. Davies said, helped make a place for Black students. Ms. Jones was radicalized by Scottsboro. There was no analysis like that from the Communists. Powerful interview.

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