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Los Angeles Anti-Colonialism and Marxist-Humanism


Ndindi Kitonga, LA-based activist and Kenyan-American revolutionary educator

Seamus Connolly, writer on humanism and Marxism


A humanist version of Marxism was central to the anti-colonial struggles of the world that characterized the middle part of the twentieth century. As the colonial shackles were increasingly thrown off in the aftermath of WWII, leading figures of the national liberation movements from many parts of the world spoke in emancipatory terms informed by notions of new humanisms and true humanisms.

In this overview, we will look at the various facets of the opposition to colonialism in the thought of central anti-colonial thinkers of the Black Radical Tradition – such as Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon, and Steve Biko – highlighting their explicitly humanist conceptions of Marxism, and exploring what the connections “Marxism” and “humanism” mean in this context. We will also explore some of the deeper aspects of the colonial situation in terms of its lived effects on the consciousness of the colonized.

Sponsored by West Coast Chapter, International Marxist-Humanist Organization

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951 Chung King Road, Chinatown, LA 90012

(near Chinatown stop on Gold Line, parking on street or paid lot next to gas station at College and Hill St.)