Black Agenda Radio for Week of April 19, 2021

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Blacks and the US: a History of Resistance

The United States has been in constant conflict with its Black population, which has been the greatest source of its wealth, said Dr. Gerald Horne, the prolific author who teaches African American Studies and history at the University of Houston. Enslaved and free African Americans often “collaborated with the real and imagined enemies” of the United States, to undermine the nation’s systems of oppression. “So, this was a troublesome property,” that consistently resists its subordination by a hostile government.

Maroons Sought Freedom on Ocean Currents

Justin Dunnavant, a post- doctoral scholar who has researched maroon cultures in the Caribbean, Central America and African, said “there is a Black history that occurs on the ocean – its’ not just land-based.” Dunnavant authored a recent article titled, “Have Confidence in the Sea: Maritime Maroons and Fugitive Geographies.” Escaped enslaved people found opportunities on the high seas, as well as in the mountains and swamps.

Criminal Neglect of Mumia’s Health

Supporters of Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, held a press conference last Thursday demanding medical treatment for his damaged arteries, yet Pennsylvania prison officials refused to even confirm that heart surgery was scheduled. Abu Jamal will mark his 67th birthday on April 24. Dr. Ricardo Alvarez, Abu Jamal’s longtime physician,  noted that “in some states, close to 20 percent” of the prison population are elderly.

Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:am ET on PRN. Length: one hour.

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