Komozi Woodard

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Komozi Woodard

Dr. Komozi Woodard is professor of American history at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York and the author of A Nation Within: Baraka and Black Power Politics.[1]


Komozi Woodard was born July, 1949 in Newark, NJ. He is the son Theodore and Helen Collier Woodard. His father was a meatpacker and his mother a school teacher. He began his college work at Dickinson College where he received his B.A. in 1971 He continued at Rutgers University (1984-86). Woodard also attended the University of Pennsylvania where he received his M.A., and Ph.D. Dr Woodard's dissertation which is entitled The Making of the NewArk: Imamu Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones) The Newark Congress of African People, and The Modern Black Convention Movement: A History of the Black Revolt and The New Nationalism, 1966-1976 exemplifies Dr. Woodard's "tremendous interest in African American history, politics, and culture. He places an emphasis on ghetto formation and anti-colonial movements."[2]

Black radicalism

During the Black Power Movement, Woodard served as head of economic development for the Temple of Kawaida in Newark, New Jersey and as editor of Unity and Struggle, the organ of the Congress of African People.[3]

National Black United Front

Komozi Woodard helped found the National Black United Front, in 1980.[4]

Socialist Scholars Conference 1992

Shakoor Aljuwani, Democratic Socialists of America, Ron Daniels, Presidential Candidate, Richie Perez, Community Service Society, Peggy Sheppard, Lynne Mosley, Komozi Woodard, Sarah Lawrence College and Walter Stafford, New York University were speakers on the Electoral Politics & the Urban Crisis panel sponsored by DSA African American Commission at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City[5]

Komozi Woodard, Walter Stafford, Lynne Mosley and Julianne Malveaux were also speakers on the Urban Crisis and People of Color panel sponsored by the DSA African American Commission.

“Forging a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century”

10th Anniversary Meeting of the Black Radical Congress, “Forging a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century” Black Radical Congress, June 20-22, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri.

Endorsers for the Congress included Komozi Woodard, Solidarity Club & Sarah Lawrence Professors for Obama-Sarah Lawrence College.[6]

DSA member

The 2008 Young Democratic Socialists' Socialist Summer Retreat held between August 8th and 10th in Wurtsboro, New York. Sarah Lawrence professor, former Democratic Socialists of America NPC member, and veteran activist Komozi Woodard "reflected on previous work by radicals in elections. He stressed how young radicals could use elections as a vehicle for building ties with local communities to create change".[7]

Conversations on the Vineyard

Conversations on the Vineyard was founded by Charles Pinderhughes, a sociologist and veteran social activist. Also on the executive board are Dr. Komozi Woodard, author and Professor of History at Sarah Lawrence College, Claude Mbella, webmaster and business consultant, and Bill Fletcher, Jr., longtime labor and international activist, and the former President and chief executive officer of TransAfrica Forum.

Conversations on the Vineyard is a series of seminars held in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, fostering self-development and bringing together progressive individuals to discuss new ideas and proposals for moving the progressive agenda forward. A major component will be gatherings of progressive intellectuals and activists especially interested in advancing the struggle for change for people of African descent.[8]

Left Forum 2010

Geography of Malcolm X:

Rescuing the Concept of Internal Colonialism from the Dustbin of History:

The Black Internationale:

2011 YDS Winter Conference

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On the weekend of March 18th-20th, 2011, the Young Democratic Socialists held their annual Winter outreach conference "Their Crisis, Our Pain: The Democratic Socialist Response to the Great Recession". Cornel West "will be the featured speaker on Saturday the 19th, and we will also host John Nichols, Bertha Lewis, Mark Engler, and Dan Cantor from the Working Families Party.

Other listed speakers included Komozi Woodard, Corey Walker, Fabricio Rodriguez, Christian Parenti, Stephanie Fairyington, Christine Kelly, Sheila Collins, Billy Wharton, Liz Shuler, Martin Weinstein, Michelle O'Brien, Skip Roberts, Joseph Schwartz.

Panels on race, the environment, organizing, and other topics will allow participants to learn from and communicate with fellow activists on some of the most important domestic and international issues. The event is perfect for both newcomers to Democratic Socialism/YDS, as well as activist veterans.

Add your name to the list here and you'll be notified when online registration goes live. Invite all your friends!

Location, Bayard Rustin High School 351 W 18th St New York, NY 10011.[9]

Praise for "The Cost of Privilege"

The Cost of Privilege" an anti-racist book was written by North Carolina Freedom Road Socialist Organization member Chip Smith.

Several people, mostly Freedom Road Socialist Organization members wrote advance "praise blurbs" for the book's website .

This is a path-breaking study of the sometimes baffling dynamics of racial oppression in the United States. In fact, this is the most comprehensive and clear analysis of racism and national oppression that I've seen. I especially like the fact that this is a call for action against racial injustice. Sun Tzu wrote the classic "The Art of War"; but this is book about the "art of liberation" in America today. It is recommended reading for any serious activist fighting for social justice in our time. Not just theory, but a guide to action!

Komozi Woodard, Professor of History, Public Policy & Africana Studies, Sarah Lawrence College.[10]

“Revolution at the Crossroads"

From February 17-19 2017, members of Young Democratic Socialists (YDS) gathered for “Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump.” The first YDS conference since the post-Bernie/Trump boom, the gathering "acted as a rally point for all our new members as well as the staging ground for building and confronting the new far-right administration".

More than 250 people attended, almost three times as many as last year. Many of the attendees had just joined DSA in the past couple of months, and many were first politicized by the Bernie campaign. But "as less than a month had passed since the Inauguration, all attendees were concentrated on President Trump's new far-right administration".

The plenaries continued Saturday, with the first focused on introducing many of the new members to Democratic Socialism. On the panel were Joseph Schwartz, member of DSA's National Political Committee and DSA vice-chair; Dan La Botz, author and long-time trade union activist; and Rahel Biru, co-chair of New York City DSA. They were followed later in the day by Jose La Luz, trade unionist and DSA vice-chair, and Komozi Woodard, professor at Sarah Lawrence College, who spoke on people of color in socialist movements. Of particular note was Jose LaLuz's rousing call to arms against the Trump administration, delivered without the use of a microphone, which received a standing ovation.[11]