feature: ‘the black radical tradition’ – writings about black radical and revolutionary movements in the us in the 20th century

February 12, 2015

The online resource Libcom has compiled an extensive PDF compilation of writings about black radical and revolutionary movements in the US in the 20th century, and it is now available for your reading pleasure here. The compilation – titled ‘The Black Radical Tradition’ – includes the writings of Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael (see the full contents list, below).   

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor 



Black Reconstruction – W.E.B. Du Bois
What Socialism Means to Us – Hubert Harrison
An Appeal to the Conscience of the Black Race to See Itself – Marcus Garvey
Program of the African Blood Brotherhood – The African Blood Brotherhood
Report on the Negro Question – Claude McKay
Application for Membership in the Communist Party – W.E.B. Du Bois
The Negro Nation – Harry Haywood
An End to the Neglect of the Problems of the Negro Woman! – Claudia Jones
The Revolutionary Answer to the Negro Problem in US – C.L.R. James
Revolutionary Nationalism and the Afro-American – Harold Cruse
Is the Black Bourgeoisie the Leader of the Black Liberation Movement? – Harry Haywood with Gwendolyn Midlo Hall
The American Revolution – James Boggs
Message to Grassroots – Malcolm X
The 12-Point Program of RAM – Revolutionary Action Movement
Speech in Beijing – Robert F. Williams
Black Power – Stokely Carmichael
Beyond Vietnam – Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Pitfalls of National Consciousness – Frantz Fanon
The Correct Handling of a Revolution – Huey P. Newton
Power Anywhere Where There’s People – Fred Hampton
On the Ideology of the Black Panther Party – Eldridge Cleaver
On the Defection of Eldridge Cleaver … – Huey P. Newton
Prison Letters – George Jackson
White Blindspot – Noel Ignatin
Without a Science of Navigation We Cannot Sail in Stormy Seas – Noel Ignatin
Liberation Will Come from a Black Thing – James Forman
General Program (Here’s Where We’re Coming From) – League of Revolutionary Black Workers
From Repression to Revolution – Ken Cockrel
Black Women’s Manifesto; Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female – Frances M. Beal
Reflections on the Black Woman’s Role in the Community of Slaves – Angela Davis
The Combahee River Collective Statement – Combahee River Collective
Negro National Colonial Question – Communist League
Critique of the Black Nation Thesis – Racism Research Project
Revolutionary Review: The Black Nation Thesis – Congress of African People
National Liberation of Puerto Rico and the Responsibilities of the U.S. Proletariat – Puerto Rican Revolutionary Workers Organization
Revolution, the National Question and Asian Americans – I Wor Kuen