Participants

DAVID AUSTIN is the author of Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal, winner of the 2014 Casa de las Américas Prize in Caribbean Literature in English or Creole. Austin has also edited editor of A View for Freedom: Alfie Roberts Speaks on the Caribbean, Cricket, Montreal, and C.L.R. James and You Don’t Play with Revolution: The Montreal Lectures of CLR James.

KEVIN EDMONDS is a doctoral candidate in International Relations at the University of Toronto, where he is studying the impact of neoliberalism on the St. Lucian banana trade, and a regular writer on Caribbean-North American relations for NACLA, the North American Congress on Latin America.

SOKARI EKINE is a queer feminist educator and writer.  Her work, focusing on strengthening and supporting movements for change in Africa and the Diaspora, has included developing an archive of Queer politics and other works of resistance. Ekine is co-editor of an anthology of queer African writings and art, The Queer African Reader.

GLEN FORD is a distinguished radio-show host and commentator. In 1977, Ford co-launched, produced and hosted America’s Black Forum, the first nationally syndicated Black news interview program on commercial television. In 1987, Ford launched Rap It Up, the first nationally syndicated Hip Hop music show, broadcast on 65 radio stations. Ford co-founded the Black Commentator in 2002 and in 2006 he launched the Black Agenda Report. Ford is also the author of The Big Lie: An Analysis of U.S. Media Coverage of the Grenada Invasion.

KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY is an activist and journalist whose essays and commentary have appeared in The Progressive, The Nation, and Counterpunch. He is also the author of Waiting for Lightning to Strike: The Fundamentals of Black Politics.

PETER JAMES HUDSON teaches in the Department of History at Vanderbilt University. Currently completing the manuscript Dark Finance: Wall Street and the West Indies, 1873-1933, he has published in Race & Class: A Journal on Racism, Empire and Globalisation, Radical History Review, and Small Axe: A Caribbean Platform of Criticism.

AARON KAMUGISHA is Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. He is the editor of Caribbean Political Thought: The Colonial State to Caribbean Internationalisms, Caribbean Political Thought: Theories of the Post-Colonial State and co-editor of Caribbean Cultural Thought: From Plantation to Diaspora. His work has been published in journals such as Race & Class, Small Axe, The Philosophical Forum, Caribbean Quarterly, Proudflesh, The Journal of Caribbean History and the Journal of West Indian Literature.

MARGARET KIMBERLEY has been an Editor and Senior Columnist of Black Agenda Report since it was founded in 2006. She is a graduate of Williams College.

ANTHÈRE NZABATSINDA is Associate Professor of French at Vanderbilt University who researches and writes on Francophone African and Caribbean literatures. The author of Normes linguistiques et écriture africaine chez Ousmane Sembène, he has published in Research in African Literature, Journal of African Cultural Studies, and other journals.

LUCIUS T. OUTLAW, Jr. is Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University who researches and writes on Africana Philosophy and on racial matters in socio-political life, in the United States in particular, and in legacies and practices of European and Euro-American Philosophy. He is the author of On Race and Philosophy.

JEMIMA PIERRE is an anthropologist who teaches at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of The Predicament of Blackness: Postcolonial Ghana and the Politics of Race.

NAOMI BETH REED is a recent graduate from the African Diaspora doctoral program in the Anthropology department at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently teaching cultural anthropology at The Houston Community College.

CHRISTINA SHARPE is Associate Professor of English at Tufts University and the author of Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post Slavery Subjects.

MABOULA SOUMAHORO is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the Université François-Rabelais-Tours, France. A frequent commentator in the French media, she researches and writers on Black European studies, African immigration to France and Europe, Blackness in the African Diaspora, and religion and the African diaspora.

RINALDO WALCOTT is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education. He is the author of Black Like Who: Writing Black Canada; the editor of Rude: Contemporary Black Canadian Cultural Criticism; and the co-editor of Counselling Across and Beyond Cultures: Exploring the Work of Clemment Vontress in Clinical Practice.

JOHNNY E. WILLIAMS is Associate Professor of Sociology at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is the author of African-American Religion and the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas and the forthcoming monographs Decoding Racial Ideology in Genomics and The Persistence of White Sociology.

EMIRA WOODS is a skilled analyst, strategist, and bridge-builder, committed to working in solidarity with social movements to build a better, safer world free of poverty, inequality, violence, and injustice. She has over 20 years of experience working in 20 different countries with communities, organizations, and individuals advancing human rights, economic justice, environmental justice, and the rights of women and other marginalized groups.  Emira is currently the Co-Director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies.  IPS is a community of public scholars and organizers linking peace, justice, and the environment in the U.S. and globally.