Anarchism and the Black Revolution: The Idea of Black Autonomy

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by Lorenzo Komboa Ervin

P&L Printing

2013

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From the introduction:

"I wish to introduce young people and especially Black people and other people of color to revolutionary Anarchist ideals. This book will discuss Anarchism and its relevance to Black and Third World liberation movements...My views are not necessarily those of any group, although I speak generally of the theories of Black Autonomy, an ideological tendency within the Anarchist movement. It is up to the reader to determine whether these ideas are valid and worthy of adoption."

Lorenzo Komboa Ervin has been an activist since 1960, when as a youth, he participated in the sit-in movement against racial segregation in Chattanooga, Tennessee, his hometown. His subsequent involvement in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Black Panther Party led to his incarceration in federal prison for fifteen years. After his release, along with Maxine Cousin and Annie Thomas, he led Concerned Citizens for Justice, a civil rights group that led the mass movement against racism and police brutality in Chattanooga in the 1980s. He did the legal research for a federal voting rights lawsuit that changed the structure of government in Chattanooga. In recent years, he has been active in organizing against racism and police brutality in Michigan, Chicago, and Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee.