Please join us at the Civil Rights Heritage Center Thursday, April 12 at 6:30pm to observe the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx's birth with Professor Cedric Johnson's talk "Beyond the Barricades: Class Power and Black Lives." While Marx is often credited with furthering an understanding of class and capitalism, less is said about ways a Marxian critical tradition has spoken to issues of racial justice -- a tradition that includes Marx's own writings on the Civil War to 20th Century radicals such as Harry Haywood and the Black Panther Party. African American Studies professor Cedric Johnson will discuss the complex legacy of Marxian thought in the long struggle for racial equality and political freedom.
Johnson is Associate Professor of African American Studies at University of Illinois, Chicago. His interests include racial and ethnic politics; African American political thought; neoliberalization; political economy; urban politics; and critical urban theory. He was the editor of The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism and the Remaking of New Orleans (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and the author of Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics (University of Minnesota Press, 2007). He has also published numerous articles, including “James Boggs, the ‘Outsiders,’ and the Challenge of Postindustrial Society" in Souls and "The Panthers Can't Save Us Now: Anti-Policing Struggles and the Limits of Black Power."