Theory Thursday: The History of Black Worker Power

By Jeremy Herte May 13, 2024

Session One: Thursday, May 16 at 7PM ET {RSVP}

Join us for this month’s Theory Thursday series on the history of Black Worker Power.

May 16th (Part 1)  – We’ll start with the History of Black Worker Power and breakdown unions, co-ops and collectives from the 20th century. Ella Baker and the Young Negroes Co-operative League, The Alabama Communist Party documented in Hammer and Hoe and General Baker and the unions of the automotive industry in Detroit to name a few.  How do the tactics used in these movements differ from those used today? How can we learn from and apply those lessons to today’s movements? 

May 23rd (Part 2) – Amazon. Starbucks. Cooperation Jackson. Detroit People’s Food Co-op. What does Black Worker Power look like today? What is the impact of today’s movements? What are the roadblocks to forming unions now as technology continues to take over? 

We’re back on Zoom for Theory Thursday so hit the link below to register for this month’s 2 part series.

Registering will grant you access for both sessions.

Recordings:

The History of Black Worker Power Pt. 1 – 5/16/13 – Black Men Build

Resources for the Session:

Detroit: I Do Mind Dying – Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin

Hammer and Hoe by Robin D.G. Kelley – Full Book PDF

Black Co-op History Resource List – New Coalition Economy

Breaking Up With Capitalism by Malaika Jabali

The Genius of Ella Baker – Grassroots Economic Organizing

General Baker Institute

James Boggs :: The American Revolution: Pages From a Negro Worker’s Notebook

Radical Baker – General Gordon Baker Jr. Takes on the Auto Industry of Detroit in the 1960s