Directing the New Black Left

On Sunday, Harlem will play host to an important conversation and dialogue about the Black Left and its direction. It features a great set of panelists, including my presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney. Well I told ya’ll I wasn’t voting for Obama. The event is sponsored, in part by, the Harlem Tenants Council, check out and support their work. There are a lot of great things brewing uptown, don’t miss out! (Hat tip to AH!)

Please note time change: Forum starts at 4 PM

Harlem Political Forum

In Commemoration of Hubert Harrison:


The Voice of Early 20th Century Harlem Radicalism: 1883 to 1918

Which Way Forward for the Black Left?

A Critical Analysis of Obama’s Presidency & the State of Black Politics

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 4 pm

St. Mary’s Church, 521 West 126th St.

(Between Amsterdam Avenue and Old Broadway)

Reception: 2 to 3:30 PM:

Food & Drink: Admission $10

Forum Admission: $5 Suggested Donation

(To help defray cost of event)

Panelists: Cynthia McKinney, Presidential candidate 2008 and former US Congresswoman; Glen Ford, Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report; Professor Anthony Monteiro, African American Studies Department, Temple University; Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report Editor & Senior Columnist; Mae Jackson, Writer & Activist; Nellie Bailey, Harlem Tenants Council;

  • New York City Council Proclamation Presented Posthumous to Hubert Harrison. Accepted by Harrison’s Family: Charles Richardson (Grandson); Ilva Harrison (Grand-daughter); & Yvette Richardson (Great Grand-daughter). Remarks by Jeffrey B. Perry, Author of “A Harrison Reader”& “Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism 1883 to 1918”.

  • Tribute to the Lore & Legacy of Mamadou Chenyelu, Journalist, Publisher and Author of “Harlem Ain’t Nothing But a Third World Country: The Global Economy, Empowerment Zones and the Colonial Status of Africans in America” who made his transition on April 4, 2009 in Silver Spring, Maryland after a long bout of illness. Statement by Author/Journalist Herb Boyd. (Mamadou’s family including his brother James McCall will participate in the tribute).

Brief Highlights: Connecting the Political Analysis to Local Struggles

Bernard White on WBAI Political Battle; Stella D‘Oro Striker; & Columbia University Expansion into Harlem.

“The test of vision in a leader is the ability to foresee the immediate future, the necessary consequences of a course of conduct and the dependable sentiments of those whom he assumes to lead. . . . The Negro leaders of the future will be expected . . . not to blow hot and cold with the same mouth, but “to stand four-square to all the winds that blow.”

Hubert Harrison, 1920.

In the Harrison tradition of Black radicalism join us for an informative afternoon of political analysis on the hot and cold winds blowing out of the Obama administration presiding over a dying empire and the critical need for Black progressives to build a radical movement that confronts the destructive neo-liberal polices of Obama, the inability/unwillingness of Black elected officials to protect the human rights of their constitutents and the central question, are we prepared to defend our communities and what analysis, programs and strategies will direct the way forward to build a movement?

For additional information contact: Nellie Hester Bailey 212-663-5248 or email: or Visit

Filed under: Activism, Boundaries, Electoral Politics, Food for Thought, foreign policy, Grassroots, Harlem, New York City, Obama

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  • Ashwini

    FINALLY I get a hattip! ;)

  • Ashwini

    FINALLY I get a hattip! ;)

  • Ashwini

    FINALLY I get a hattip! ;)