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Video Book Report: Popularizes Hidden History

In activism, critical pedagogy, gender, indy media, racial justice, racism, social movements on April 18, 2009 at 5:55 am

jonesI am always delighted by research that unearths lesser known histories. So, I was excited to see this community-produced video posted by Alexis Pauline Gumbs on Facebook.

It highlights the work of Sojourners for Truth & Justice in the 1950s, a national Black feminist Marxist-Leninist organization — more than a decade before the women’s lib movement. The video is based on information in the book Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones by Carol Boyce Davies (Duke 2007).

The 3-minute video is a great teaching tool and an example of how students, librarians and community leaders can produce video “book reports” to promote learning and popularize books, ideas and history for a wider audience. Alexis used this video in a locally organized study session on Black feminist history.

Watch here.

You can also read more about Claudia Jones at the blog Black Feminist Mind.


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