Episode 2: Black Reconstruction in America
with Nathan Ryan, Debbie Southorn, and Page May
Assigned as essential reading to many local, Chicago organizers by prison abolitionist Mariame Kaba, Black Reconstruction in America: 1860-1880 by W.E.B. DuBois details the role that Black people played in reconstruction after the Civil War, when Black people were freed from slavery and began reconstructing American society.
Page May chats with Nathan Ryan of Grassroots Collaborative, and Debbie Southorn of American Friends Service Committee, discussing key questions: What was reconstruction? What are some of the gains made by Black people in this time? What is the potential of reconstruction?
Episode 1: I've Got the Light of Freedom
with Quinn Rallins, Tess Raser, Dominique Barron and Monica Trinidad
I've Got the Light of Freedom by Charles M. Payne offers an in-depth history of the early civil rights movement in the South, uplifting the work of Ella Baker, Septima Clark, and community members leading on-the-ground work in places like Greenwood, Mississippi.
In this first episode, Monica and Dominique speak with Tess Raser, an organizer with Assata's Daughters and Quinn Rallins, social activist and organizer.
Key questions: What is organizing? How do you build sustainability? What is slow & respectful work? Are mass meetings effective?