None of the Above is a “short sheet” I am writing/publishing which connects in many ways with the pedagogical philosophy I use here at DEMOI. You can read it/follow it here:
Talking about the Bandung Conference of 1955 and the Non-Aligned Movement with a student this evening.
In this era of a fracturing Atlantic Alliance I find it immensely valuable to better understand how there has long been more than a bipolar world out there. And I believe very strongly that young adults deserve to learn about and engage with alternative narratives about the historical roots of the twenty-first century world. They need to know about the aspirations of the developing world nations and to engage with the fault lines of colonialism, neocolonialism, and neo-imperialism. I am grateful that there are many outstanding works of scholarship out there that make my own reading so much richer and my perspective better informed.
For anyone interested, this book is an outstanding introduction to the politics of the Non-Aligned Movement and the developing world in the mid-late twentieth century:
In the days following Dr. King’s assassination, Washington D.C. experienced the most destructive rioting in its history. I think that the disturbances which followed King’s murder are worth revisiting because of what they can tell us of the disparity between the promise of American life and its reality for many. I also think it is worth revisiting on account of the role of racism in shaping the physical, economic, psychological, and sociological landscape of urban and black life in the United States.
In the fall of 1968, the Washington Post put out a book on the riots which still stands as a valuable document that has helped me to understand a world I grew up adjacent to but also very far away from.
Here is my piece on Dr. King’s family that appears today in the London Free Press:
Last Friday I visited the Amherstburg Freedom Museum dedicated to the Underground Railroad and the history of the black communities of Essex County.
I highly recommend making the trip if you can. In addition to a preserved cabin built by a freeman in the 1850s, the museum site also has an African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church built in 1848 and which served as a terminus of the Underground Railroad. The museum features an art gallery and exhibit complete with artifacts and narratives of the Railroad, the slave trade and the connection between Ontario and Canada and the institution of slavery. https://amherstburgfreedom.org