This week From the Vault celebrates the release of Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America, published by City Lights Books, which addresses key issues for Black America: mass incarceration, media portrayal, the role of black leadership, democratic participation and economic disparity. Edited by From the Vault collaborator and BBC Radio 5 Live host Joanne Griffith, this book utilizes Pacifica Radio’s classic Civil Rights and Black Power recordings, such as W.E.B Dubois, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Audre Lourde as a context for a new conversation on the state of Black America with contemporary educators, activists, and philosophers. Contributors include Michelle Alexander (The New Jim Crow), Van Jones (former White House adviser and president of ‘Rebuild The Dream’), Dr. Vincent Harding (founder of Veterans of Hope and speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), Dr. Julianne Malveaux (President of Bennett College in North Carolina), Linn Washington (lawyer and weekly columnist for the Philadelphia Tribune), and Esther Armah (journalist and host on WBAI 99.5 FM- New York).
From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.
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