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Prof. Umoja discusses why he wrote We Will Shoot Back
Prof. Umoja discusses why he wrote We Will Shoot Back
Published: 2013/04/18
Channel: NYU Press
Left of Black with Akinyele Umoja
Left of Black with Akinyele Umoja
Published: 2013/11/19
Channel: John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University
Dr. Akinyele Umoja
Dr. Akinyele Umoja
Published: 2014/02/07
Channel: CCICS NEIU
Akinyele Umoja, We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement
Akinyele Umoja, We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement
Published: 2013/10/22
Channel: Africana Studies Cornell University
He Was Not Afraid: Dr. Akinyele Umoja On Alfred
He Was Not Afraid: Dr. Akinyele Umoja On Alfred 'Skip' Robinson
Published: 2012/01/13
Channel: WeAllBeTV
Baba Akinyele Umoja Message to Ife Madzimoyo
Baba Akinyele Umoja Message to Ife Madzimoyo
Published: 2013/06/06
Channel: Wekesa Madzimoyo
Dr. Akinyele Umoja
Dr. Akinyele Umoja's 'We Will Shoot Back' Lecture @ Delta State University (9/19/2013)
Published: 2013/10/17
Channel: WeAllBeTV2
Dr. Akinyele Umoja Pathology of Racism & Police Terror
Dr. Akinyele Umoja Pathology of Racism & Police Terror
Published: 2016/09/21
Channel: My Name Is My Name
Tashia Richards interviews Akinyele Umoja the author of "We will shoot Back"
Tashia Richards interviews Akinyele Umoja the author of "We will shoot Back"
Published: 2017/07/12
Channel: Carlos Nelson
"Black in the Day in the 313" Black Studies and Black Politics- 11/7/16
"Black in the Day in the 313" Black Studies and Black Politics- 11/7/16
Published: 2016/12/01
Channel: Kefentse Chike
The Way with Anoa: Dr Akinyele Umoja on How to Grow Power
The Way with Anoa: Dr Akinyele Umoja on How to Grow Power
Published: 2016/10/29
Channel: The Benjamin Dixon Show
Dr. Akinyele Umoja On Black History Month
Dr. Akinyele Umoja On Black History Month
Published: 2017/02/23
Channel: GSU Arts & Sciences
Authors Series: Akinyele Umoju
Authors Series: Akinyele Umoju
Published: 2015/09/14
Channel: uclabunchecenter
Dr Akinyele Umoja Discusses Cycles in Activism
Dr Akinyele Umoja Discusses Cycles in Activism
Published: 2016/10/30
Channel: The Way with Anoa
Civil Rights Leaders, Colleagues Remember Chokwe Lumumba
Civil Rights Leaders, Colleagues Remember Chokwe Lumumba
Published: 2014/02/26
Channel: freespeechtv
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Akinyele Umoja
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Akinyele Umoja
Published: 2017/02/27
Channel: GSU Arts & Sciences
The Way with Anoa: Dr Akinyele Umoja Praises Intergenerational Activism
The Way with Anoa: Dr Akinyele Umoja Praises Intergenerational Activism
Published: 2016/10/29
Channel: The Benjamin Dixon Show
HE Was Not Afraid: Dr. AkINyele Umoja On AlfREd Skip RobINson #BlackMEssiah
HE Was Not Afraid: Dr. AkINyele Umoja On AlfREd Skip RobINson #BlackMEssiah
Published: 2015/12/25
Channel: WeAllBeTV
The C.O.W.S with Dr. Akinyele Omowale Umoja - We Will Shoot Back
The C.O.W.S with Dr. Akinyele Omowale Umoja - We Will Shoot Back
Published: 2016/03/23
Channel: Mr H Fox
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"It's Still Free The Land!!! Chokwe Lumumba Remembered: Dr. Akinyele Umoja Interview" 2/28/2014
Published: 2014/03/02
Channel: WeAllBeTV
Dr. Akinyele Umoja - 49th Annual Malcolm X Pilgrimage
Dr. Akinyele Umoja - 49th Annual Malcolm X Pilgrimage
Published: 2014/06/12
Channel: National Black United Front
Dr Akinyele Umoja on KilomboSchool.com for Culturally Relevant Eduacation
Dr Akinyele Umoja on KilomboSchool.com for Culturally Relevant Eduacation
Published: 2016/10/30
Channel: The Way with Anoa
The story behind the book
The story behind the book's cover
Published: 2013/04/18
Channel: NYU Press
CSUN Pan-African Studies Department celebrates 44th anniversary
CSUN Pan-African Studies Department celebrates 44th anniversary
Published: 2013/11/06
Channel: The Sundial
Center For Inner City Studies - Northeastern Illinois University - We will Shot Back
Center For Inner City Studies - Northeastern Illinois University - We will Shot Back
Published: 2014/01/29
Channel: cgreen744
The Way w/Anoa! Guest Akinyele Umoja, Green Bay City Clerk, ACA rate, Election Protection +More!
The Way w/Anoa! Guest Akinyele Umoja, Green Bay City Clerk, ACA rate, Election Protection +More!
Published: 2016/10/26
Channel: The Benjamin Dixon Show
Live! Interview with Dr. Akinyele Umoja!
Live! Interview with Dr. Akinyele Umoja!
Published: 2016/10/26
Channel: The Way with Anoa
ARMED RESISTANCE NOW!! THE KEY TO LIBERATION OF BLACK PEOPLE
ARMED RESISTANCE NOW!! THE KEY TO LIBERATION OF BLACK PEOPLE
Published: 2015/07/01
Channel: The Jedi
A Response to Black Urban Rebellions 1968-1973: “Contain, Crush, & Incorporate” - Snippet (3/5)
A Response to Black Urban Rebellions 1968-1973: “Contain, Crush, & Incorporate” - Snippet (3/5)
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: MacSpeaking
A Response to Black Urban Rebellions 1968-1973: “Contain, Crush, & Incorporate” - Snippet (4/5)
A Response to Black Urban Rebellions 1968-1973: “Contain, Crush, & Incorporate” - Snippet (4/5)
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: MacSpeaking
Power to the People- Dr. Akinyele Umoja to Be Interviewed by Anoa on October 25
Power to the People- Dr. Akinyele Umoja to Be Interviewed by Anoa on October 25
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: The Way with Anoa
Dr Akinyele Umoja on Using Multiple Means of Resistance, Including Technology
Dr Akinyele Umoja on Using Multiple Means of Resistance, Including Technology
Published: 2016/10/30
Channel: The Way with Anoa
25th Annual Malcolm X Festival 2014 part 4 (Dead Prez)
25th Annual Malcolm X Festival 2014 part 4 (Dead Prez)
Published: 2014/05/25
Channel: Iras Levi
WEB DUBOIS 2 24 12 #4
WEB DUBOIS 2 24 12 #4
Published: 2012/03/01
Channel: Clyde Bradley
Black Radical Internationalism (June 6, 2013)
Black Radical Internationalism (June 6, 2013)
Published: 2014/09/04
Channel: Conversations in Black Freedom Studies
Black Agenda Morning Shot Monday, May 23, 2011
Black Agenda Morning Shot Monday, May 23, 2011
Published: 2012/05/01
Channel: kamau Franklin
“Robert F. Williams on COINTELPRO” - A Special Tribute to Minister John C. Williams - Snippet (3/5)
“Robert F. Williams on COINTELPRO” - A Special Tribute to Minister John C. Williams - Snippet (3/5)
Published: 2016/08/11
Channel: MacSpeaking
We Will Shoot Back
We Will Shoot Back
Published: 2015/02/05
Channel: Shomari Carter
Black ambivalence about gun control
Black ambivalence about gun control
Published: 2013/04/18
Channel: NYU Press
A Response to Black Urban Rebellions 1968-1973: “Contain, Crush, & Incorporate” - Snippet (2/5)
A Response to Black Urban Rebellions 1968-1973: “Contain, Crush, & Incorporate” - Snippet (2/5)
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: MacSpeaking
A Response to Black Urban Rebellions 1968-1973: “Contain, Crush, & Incorporate” - Snippet (5/5)
A Response to Black Urban Rebellions 1968-1973: “Contain, Crush, & Incorporate” - Snippet (5/5)
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: MacSpeaking
Why is the narrative of black armed resistance left out of history?
Why is the narrative of black armed resistance left out of history?
Published: 2013/04/15
Channel: NYU Press
“Robert F. Williams on COINTELPRO” - A Special Tribute to Minister John C. Williams - Snippet (4/5)
“Robert F. Williams on COINTELPRO” - A Special Tribute to Minister John C. Williams - Snippet (4/5)
Published: 2016/08/11
Channel: MacSpeaking
Race Treaty: Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) & Human Rights Work
Race Treaty: Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) & Human Rights Work
Published: 2017/04/01
Channel: BlackTalkRadio
We Will Shoot Back to Make Black Lives Matter
We Will Shoot Back to Make Black Lives Matter
Published: 2017/06/04
Channel: Jah Bread TV
Black Agenda Morning Shot Monday, May 23, 2011.mp4
Black Agenda Morning Shot Monday, May 23, 2011.mp4
Published: 2011/05/22
Channel: Kali Akuno
“Robert F. Williams on COINTELPRO” - A Special Tribute to Minister John C. Williams - Snippet (2/5)
“Robert F. Williams on COINTELPRO” - A Special Tribute to Minister John C. Williams - Snippet (2/5)
Published: 2016/08/11
Channel: MacSpeaking
Gullah Part 2
Gullah Part 2
Published: 2013/12/03
Channel: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Before the Black Panthers
Before the Black Panthers
Published: 2013/04/18
Channel: NYU Press
Cotton Exposition 1865
Cotton Exposition 1865
Published: 2012/07/17
Channel: barry wittig
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Akinyele Umoja
Dr. Akinyele Umoja @ Mayor Choke Lumumba Celebration.jpg
Born 1954
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Alma mater California State University, Los Angeles
Occupation Educator, writer, activist
Years active 1972-present
Employer Georgia State University
Notable work We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement
Home town Compton, California
Political party African People's Party
Movement New Afrikan Independence Movement
Website Akumoja.com

Akinyele Umoja (born 1954) is an American educator and author who specializes in African-American studies. As an activist, he is a founding member of the New Afrikan People's Organization and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.[1] In April 2013, New York University Press published Umoja's book We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement. Currently, he is a Professor and Department Chair of the Department of African-American Studies at Georgia State University (GSU).

Early life and education[edit]

Akinyele Omowale Umoja was born in Los Angeles, California in 1954, and spent much of his childhood in Compton, California.[2] He graduated from high school in 1972.[3] Umoja received his B.A. in Afro-American studies from California State University, Los Angeles in June 1986.[1] He earned his M.A. in August 1990 at the Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. While a Ph.D. candidate at Emory under Robin Kelley, his dissertation topic was “Eye for an Eye: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement.“[1]

Career[edit]

Early activism in California[edit]

Umoja has been active n the liberation struggle of Afrikan people, particularly working with the New Afrikan Independence Movement.[3] After beginning to attend UCLA in 1972, as a freshman he began to write for the student newspaper NOMMO, and also joined the Muhammad Ahmad (Max Stanford) Defense Committee (MADC).[3] When activist Ahmad was held on conspiracy charges, Umoja organized petitions and fundraisers to secure Ahmad’s release. He dropped out of UCLA, also joining the African People's Party and the House of Umoja[disambiguation needed]. Two years later,[3] he was a founding member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the New Afrikan People's Organization.[4] Umoja has since represented both organizations nationally and in international forums in the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe.[4]

From 1972 until 1982, Umoja was on the staff of ‘’Soulbook: The Revolutionary Journal of the Black World’’, founded by Mamadou Lumumba.[3] He was also very active in activism in Los Angeles during this time, organizing security and assistance for several of Malcolm X’s associates. He was also active with the Coalition Against Police Abuse (CAPA) in Los Angeles.[3] In 1979, Umoja was in a committee of the National Black Human Rights Coalition which produced a document “detailing the Black liberation movement’s demand for self-determination, reparations and a call to release political prisoners.“ It was presented to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Salim Salim of Tanzania.[3]

Career in education[edit]

Umoja has varied experiences as an educator. He has taught in secondary schools, alternative schools, and colleges and universities, as wsell as developed Afrikan-centered curriculum for public schools and community education programs. In the late 1980s he taught social studies in Atlanta public school, also teaching African-American history from 1986 until 1991 at the Atlanta Metropolitan College.[1] In the early 1990s he began teaching in the history department of Clark Atlanta University, lecturing until 1996.[1] He then became a professor at the Department of African-American Studies at Georgia State University (GSU),[1] and is also department chair.[2]

Writing and recent appearances[edit]

Umoja’s writing has been featured in scholarly publications as The Journal of Black Studies, New Political Science, The International Journal of Africana Studies, Black Scholar, Radical History Review and Socialism and Democracy. Umoja was one of the contributors to Blackwell Companion on African-American History, The Black Panther Party Reconsidered, Liberation, Imagination, and the Black Panther Party, and Malcolm X: A Historical Reader.[citation needed] In April 2013, New York University Press published Umoja's first single authored book titled, We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement.[5] A review in The Clarion-Ledger in 2015 described the book as following “confrontations in communities across the state through the end of the 1970s, demonstrating how black Mississippians were ultimately able to overcome intimidation by mainstream society, defeat legal segregation, and claim a measure of political control of their state.“[6] He was honored for the book in 2014 in Oakland.[7]

Umoja has been a contributor to commercial and popular documentaries on black history. Umoja was a featured commentator on the American Gangster episode “Dr. Mutulu Shakur,” which aired on November 8, 2008. He also appears in “Bastards of the Party“ (2006) and Freedom Archives “Cointelpro 101“ (2010).[citation needed] In recent years, he supported movements in Guyana and Haiti, and in August 2010 he led a Black August delegation of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement to Haiti to investigate conditions after a recent earthquake.[3] In 2013, he lectured in Mississippi on the 1965 boycott by black citizens.[8] In 2014, he offered the solemn libations in honor of his late friend, Chokwe Lumumba at the mayor's funeral in Jackson, Mississippi.[9][10][11]

Awards and recognition[edit]

He earned the Patricia Harris Fellowship from 1990 until 1993, and in 1994 was named in ‘’Who’s Who in America’s Teachers.’’[1] In 1995, he was an honorary member of the National Golden Key Honor Society.[1]

Publications[edit]

Film appearances[edit]

  • 2008: American Gangster episode “Dr. Mutulu Shakur” - featured commentator
  • 2006: “Bastards of the Party“ Anthony Fuqua and directed by Cle “Bone“ Sloan
  • 2010: “Cointelpro 101“ by Freedom Archives

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Professor Akinyele K. Umoja gsu.edu
  2. ^ a b "About Dr. Umoja". 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Activism". Akumoja.com. 
  4. ^ a b "Dr. Akinyele Umoja". 
  5. ^ "We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement: Akinyele Omowale Umoja: 9780814725245: Amazon.com: Books". 
  6. ^ Goodwin, Chris (August 1, 2015), "Review: ‘We Will Shoot Back’", The Clarion-Ledger, retrieved April 19, 2017 
  7. ^ Kekauoha, Alex (December 8, 2014), "Oakland honors authors at annual ceremony", Oakland North 
  8. ^ Shelton, Lindsey (April 20, 2013), "History conference speaker says 1965 boycott became model for state", The Democrat 
  9. ^ "One Year After Chokwe". 
  10. ^ "A Tribute to Chokwe Lumumba by Akinyele Umoja - The Black Scholar". 16 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "A Freedom Fighter Goes Home: Reflections on Mayor Chokwe’s Lumumba’s Funeral - Malcolm X Grassroots Movement". 

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