Africa Now July 2, 2014 Forms of Resistance in the African American Freedom Struggle

Akinyele Omowale Umoja

Akinyele Omowale Umoja

Topic and Guest: Africa Now! continued to look at the liberation movements in various forms in the African World by highlighting the freedom movement in Mississippi.  Africa Now! also spotlighted this topic as we reflect 50 years after “Freedom Summer” and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.   Associate professor and Chair of the department of African-American studies at Georgia State University Dr. Akinyele Omowale Umoja focuses on the resistance in the African American freedom struggle in Mississippi in his book We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement.  The book’s publisher notes that Professor Umoja “argues that armed resistance was critical to the Southern freedom struggle and the dismantling of segregation and Black disenfranchisement. Intimidation and fear were central to the system of oppression in most of the Deep South. To overcome the system of segregation, Black people had to overcome fear to present a significant challenge to White domination.  As the civil rights movement developed, armed self-defense and resistance became a significant means by which the descendants of enslaved Africans overturned fear and intimidation and developed different political and social relationships between Black and White Mississippians….”

Dr. Akinyele Omowale Umoja is an educator and scholar-activist associate professor and chair of the department of African-American studies at Georgia State University, where he teaches courses on the history of the civil rights and Black Power movements and other social movements.  He has been a community activist for over 40 years.  Africa Now! played a segment of the recording of Professor Akinyele Omowale Umoja’s discussion at Sankofa Video, Books and Café centered on his book entitled We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement.  The entire recording is below the show.

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