Baobab Notes: Popular Education and US Solidarity for Southern Africa
Martha Biondi, Northwestern University
March 2, 2021 · 12:00 pm—1:20 pm · Zoom
Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities (IHUM)
A recurring refrain of the Black Student/Black Studies movements of the 1960s and 1970s was the pledge to produce knowledge in service to the people; to create education relevant for the revolution. Scholarly and popular assessments of the achievement of this aim tend to focus on education and knowledge production that occurred in the academy. But there was an extraordinary effort by activists and scholars to produce knowledge and disseminate information in a wide range of forms as part of US social movements in solidarity with the struggles against Portuguese colonialism and the liberation of Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Martha Biondi (Northwestern University) will examine the strategies in African Agenda, a bulletin produced in Chicago in the early 1970s; the film A Luta Continua about the struggle against Portuguese colonialism in Mozambique; and Baobab Notes, a bulletin made in the early 1990s from the Mozambique Solidarity Office in Chicago and Boston.