Message from the Chair - Robin D.G. Kelley

Black Lives, Black Studies, Black Futures

“Black Studies is revolutionary in its political and historical origins and intellectual impulses. To paraphrase C.L.R. James, who insisted that Black Studies was the study of Western Civilization, Black Studies is a critique of Western Civilization.” 

                                    --Cedric J. Robinson (1940 – 2016)


           Kelley writes on a broad range of topics, including the history of social movements, music, visual culture, race, and radical thought.  His books include the prize-winning, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (2009); Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times(2012); Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression (1990); Race Rebels: Culture Politics and the Black Working Class (1994); Yo’ Mama’s DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America(1997); and Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination (2002).