Episode 14: Black is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy with Charles Preston
Guest: Charles Preston
Hosts: Page May
Date: June 12, 2017
Charles Preston is a southside Chicago activist and creator of #ChurchOnThe9, a street open mic for Chicago artists and the Chatham community every Sunday. Charles played a pivotal role as an organizer during the #SaveCSU campaign, and has worked with BYP100, BLM Chicago, and is a member of TEMBO.
The end of racism & anti-Blackness is not yet in sight. In this week's book, Black is a Country, Nikhil Pal Singh asks what happened to the international & radical visions of equality that existed with Black intellectual activists from W. E. B. Du Bois in the 1930s to Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s. In so doing, he constructs an alternative history of civil rights in the twentieth century in which radical hopes and global dreams are recognized as central to the history of black struggle. Lit Review host Page May chats with southside Chicago activist Charles Preston about this book, discussing inclusion versus accommodation, and what exactly self-determination might look like. Tune in!