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Black August and the Prison-House of Nations: Black Nationalism, the Republic of New Afrika and the Fight Against Imprisonment in the 1970s

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Dan Berger examines the RNA’s impact on the prison movement of the 1970s, and reveals how the RNA provided an ideological, if not organizational, umbrella for national liberation and anti-prison movements to emerge as joint forces. Even more than the sizable number of RNA members incarcerated due to state repression, the influx of New Afrikan ideology in prisons owed to the RNA’s depiction of black people as a colony internal to the United States. That position gave people who were literally imprisoned a framework to explain their place in society, and it placed questions of slavery and incarceration as intimately connected to defining blackness. Berger examines these connections through three late-1970s developments: the creation of a prisoner holiday, Black August; a prisoner newspaper called Arm the Spirit; and an international campaign around black political prisoners titled “We Still Charge Genocide.” Each project revived or appealed to earlier moments of black resistance, from slave rebellions to UN appeals of the 1950s.
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Name: 34th Annual National Council for Black Studies
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Berger, Dan. "Black August and the Prison-House of Nations: Black Nationalism, the Republic of New Afrika and the Fight Against Imprisonment in the 1970s" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 34th Annual National Council for Black Studies, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA, <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p400449_index.html>

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Berger, D. "Black August and the Prison-House of Nations: Black Nationalism, the Republic of New Afrika and the Fight Against Imprisonment in the 1970s" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 34th Annual National Council for Black Studies, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p400449_index.html

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Abstract: Dan Berger examines the RNA’s impact on the prison movement of the 1970s, and reveals how the RNA provided an ideological, if not organizational, umbrella for national liberation and anti-prison movements to emerge as joint forces. Even more than the sizable number of RNA members incarcerated due to state repression, the influx of New Afrikan ideology in prisons owed to the RNA’s depiction of black people as a colony internal to the United States. That position gave people who were literally imprisoned a framework to explain their place in society, and it placed questions of slavery and incarceration as intimately connected to defining blackness. Berger examines these connections through three late-1970s developments: the creation of a prisoner holiday, Black August; a prisoner newspaper called Arm the Spirit; and an international campaign around black political prisoners titled “We Still Charge Genocide.” Each project revived or appealed to earlier moments of black resistance, from slave rebellions to UN appeals of the 1950s.


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