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Page to be completed after interview with Dr. Manning Marable on Thursday April 22, 2005.


In the mid 1990's, a group of five experienced activists and scholars, Barbara Ransby, Abdul Alkalimat, Bill Fletcher, Leith Mullings, and Manning Marable, started having discussions about the future of the Black Left. On March 1, 1997, the five convened an informal summit in Chicago of 35 people from around the country to discuss what to do. Participants included long-time political activists General Baker, Jarvis Tyner, and Jerome Scott; radical scholars Cornel West, Adolph Reed, Rose Brewer, Bill Strickland and Cathy Cohen; and radical journalists Salim Muwakkil, Herb Boyd and Lou Turner.

This group formed a National Continuations Committee, which in May 1997 decided to hold the first Black Radical Congress on June 19, 1998, to coincide with Juneteenth.

Manning Marable, Towards The Black Radical Congress

Black Radical Congress, Mission

The 1998 Chicago Black Radical Congress

Coming Soon!

Professor Kelley, Some Thoughts On the BRC