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Melissa Turner is a an independent historian who studies radical historians and intellectuals.  She holds advanced degrees in history and political science and is particularly interested in 20th Century thinkers in Western Europe and the United States.  

Freedomways (1961-1985)

Freedomways Cover, 1979 Image Ownership: Public Domain Freedomways was the central theoretical journal of the 20th century black arts and intellectual movement in the United States.  From its opening issue in the spring of 1961, it invited historians, sociologists, economists, artists, workers, and students to … Read MoreFreedomways (1961-1985)

Lorenzo Johnston Greene (1899-1988)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain Dr. Lorenzo Johnston Greene was a pioneering African American historian.  Greene was born on November 16, 1899 in Ansonia, Connecticut.  He received his BA from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1924 and his MA in history from Columbia University … Read MoreLorenzo Johnston Greene (1899-1988)

Eric Eustace Williams (1911-1981)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Historian, educator, and politician Eric Eustace Williams was born in 1911 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, to working class parents.  His family’s struggles to survive economically introduced Williams to the brutal social and racial hierarchy of the British colony.  As an … Read MoreEric Eustace Williams (1911-1981)

Hunter Pitts “Jack” O’Dell (1924- )

Community organizer and Civil Rights activist Hunter Pitts O’Dell was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 11, 1924.  His father George Edwin O’Dell worked in hotels and restaurants in Detroit and his mother, Emily O’Dell, attended Howard University where she studied music and later taught … Read MoreHunter Pitts “Jack” O’Dell (1924- )