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Christopher Tinson, Radical Intellect Liberator Magazine and Black Activism in the 1960s

When: Thursday, February 8, 7:00pm
Where: The Odyssey Bookshop
Co-sponsored by Hampshire College Africana Studies & Mount Holyoke College History Department.
The rise of black radicalism in the 1960s was a result of both the successes and the failures of the civil rights movement. The movement’s victories were inspirational, but its failures to bring about structural political and economic change pushed many to look elsewhere for new strategies. During this era of intellectual ferment, the writers, editors, and activists behind the monthly magazine Liberator (1960–71) were essential contributors to the debate. In the first full-length history of the organization that produced the magazine, Christopher M. Tinson locates the Liberator as a touchstone of U.S.-based black radical thought and organizing in the 1960s. Combining radical journalism with on-the-ground activism, the magazine was dedicated to the dissemination of a range of cultural criticism aimed at spurring political activism and became the publishing home to many notable radical intellectual-activists of the period, such as Larry Neal, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Harold Cruse, and Askia Touré.
By mapping the history and intellectual trajectory of the Liberator and its thinkers, Tinson traces black intellectual history beyond black power and black nationalism into an internationalism that would shape radical thought for decades to come.
Christopher M. Tinson, Ph.D., is currently an associate professor of Africana Studies and History at Hampshire College.  His research and teaching is interdisciplinary and focuses on Africana radical traditions, U.S. ethnic studies, critical media studies, incarceration, and race and sports. His writings and reviews have been published in The Black Scholar, The Feminist Wire, Radical Teacher, Equity & Excellence in Education, and Counterpunch. His first book, entitled Radical Intellect: Liberator Magazine and Black Activism in the 1960s, is published by UNC Press. Professor Tinson is a highly sought-after speaker and mentor who has led professional development workshops and lectured at numerous college campuses, high schools, and carceral institutions throughout New England and the Tri-State area. He is an avid lover of basketball, used bookstores, and good coffee.
Event date: 
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College st.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Radical Intellect: Liberator Magazine and Black Activism in the 1960s By Christopher M. Tinson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781469634555
Availability: Not in Stock
Published: University of North Carolina Press - October 9th, 2017