Black RadicalismMain MenuFrom Academia to Action: The History of Black Student Organizing and Protest on Harvard's CampusThe James E. Hinton Archive: Radicalism Through The ReelFree Prisoners and Free Breakfast: The Fight for Black LiberationArtifacts of the Black Panther PartyLifting Her Voice: The Intersections of Black Female RadicalismArtifacts from the Schlesinger Library
12019-10-08T21:16:56-04:00Anonymous2024visual_path2020-03-26T14:35:18-04:00AnonymousBlack Radicalism was a course designed to introduce students to the main currents of black radical thought in the period stretching from the close of World War II until roughly 1980 and the advent of the Reagan Era. We read an amazing set of works from Richard Wright, Frantz Fanon, James Baldwin, Eldridge Cleaver, George Jackson, Huey Newton, Angela Davis, Michelle Wallace, Audre Lorde, and bell hooks. Even more importantly—and impressively—students worked in groups to create a virtual museum of archival materials located at Harvard that touched on the course’s themes. The result is the remarkable collection of materials that you see here. Divided into four rooms, the museum features exhibits on the history of black student organizing at Harvard ; material from the collection of the black cinematographer, James Hinton ; selected pieces on black female radicalism from the Schlesinger Library, and materials from the Black Panther Party. The effect is electric. The students’ impressive labor has created an important archive of remarkable documents and images. In the process, they break down the idea of Harvard as a place that has no relation to anti-colonialism, Black Nationalism, or Black Feminism. Instead in this museum we see that Harvard is very much in the world and that the world is very much in Harvard.