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10 Books for 2015

1. Amy Jacques Garvey, Garvey and Garveyism (Black Classic Press). Thanks and praise are due to Black Classic Press for reissuing Garvey and Garveyism, Amy Jacques Garvey’s remarkable biography of her husband, the Jamaican pan-Africanist Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Originally self-published in Kingston, Jamaica in 1963, Garvey and Garveyism is among the most lucid and inspired […]

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Seven interviews with Andrew Cyrille

[Andrew Cyrille: Brooklyn-born avante garde jazz drummer of Haitian descent.] A fireside chat with Andrew Cyrille, Jazz Weekly (date?) Body and Soul: An Interview with Andrew Cyrille, Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (2010). Interview with Andrew Cyrille, Intakt Records (2003). Andrew Cyrille: DownBeat interview: directors cut (2004). Andrew Cyrille: Art Science, Part 1, JazzTimes (2011). […]

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Prince Hall on the Revolt in Saint-Domingue

Prince Hall, Haiti, Saint-Domingue

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Haiti: The Second Occupation

Guest post by Jemima Pierre. July 28, 2015 marked the one hundredth anniversary of the landing of US Marines in Haiti and the beginning of a military occupation of the Black Republic that lasted until 1934 — nineteen years in total. With its massacres of Haitian peasants, its control of Haiti’s finances, its suppression of […]

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Bizoton, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 28, 1915

Et seul un petit soldat obscur, Pierre Sully, se fit tuer, la carbine au poing, en défendant l’accés de son post au marines de l’amiral Caperton. Nul autre ne “brigua l’honneur d’une si belle mort.” Aussi personne n’a-t-il aujourd’hui le droit de jeter l’anthème aux autres, puisque tous ont survécu à la honte. Dantes Bellegarde, Pour […]

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Radical Black Cities

When The Public Archive published Radical Black Cities on September 17, 2012, we wanted to mark the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street while highlighting what we saw as Occupy’s racial limits. In our view, Occupy had a restricted, almost liberal, vision of the havoc that whitesupremacy, neoliberalism, and police militarization have reaped on Black […]

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Nations and Nègres: An Interview with David Austin

THE PUBLIC ARCHIVE. Educator and writer David Austin is among the foremost chroniclers of Pan-Africanism, Black Power, and West Indian intellectual and political history in the Americas. He has three books to his name: A View for Freedom, an oral history of the late St. Vincents-born, Montreal-based cricketer and organizer Alphonso Theodore “Alfie” Roberts, You […]

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The Archive of Occupation

Citing the need to protect American life and property while preserving political stability in the Caribbean region, on July 28, 1915 three hundred and thirty United States Marines landed at Port-au-Prince. Thus began a nineteen-year military occupation whose consequences for the Republic of Haiti (and for the Black World) were arguably as significant as the […]

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