Maurice Jackson

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Maurice Jackson

Maurice Jackson teaches courses on the Atlantic, African-Americans, Washington, DC, social movements and Jazz history at Georgetown University. He is an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Performing Arts (Music)[1].

He formally came to academe later than most having spent a good part of his early adulthood as a community and progressive organizer. He has also been a longshoreman and a rigger in his hometown of Newport News, Virginia and a house painter and construction worker in Washington, DC.


B.A. (1974) Antioch College, Political Economy

M.A. (1995) Georgetown University, History

Ph.D. (2001) Georgetown University, History[2]

Communist Party dissident

On November 15-16 1991, 30 dissident members of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA convened a meeting to "sign a statement of events" - most or all signatories were soon to break with the party and were later to form Committees of Correspondence.

The signatories included Maurice Jackson, Washington D.C.[3];

Communist Party reformer

In 1991, Maurice Jackson, Washington DC, was one of several hundred Communist Party USA members to sign the a paper "An initiative to Unite and Renew the Party" - most signatories left the Party after the December 1991 conference to found Committees of Correspondence.[4]

Jackson was Chairman of the Washington DC Communist Party USA[5].

Committees of Correspondence

At the Committees of Correspondence conference, Berkeley California, July 17-19, 1992, Jackson was a candidatefor the CoC National Coordinating Committee-Washington DC graduate student, DC Advisory Neighborhood Commission[6].

CoC National Coordinating Committee

The following are listed in order of votes they received as members of the Committees of Correspondence National Coordinating Committee, elected at the Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.:[7]

In 1994 Maurice Jackson was a member of the National Coordinating Committee of the Committees of Correspondence.[8]

Symposium on James and Esther Jackson

On October 28, 2006, an event entitled "James and Esther Jackson, the American Left and the Origins of the Modern Civil Rights Movement" was held at the Tamiment Library of New York University. Three panels of academics and activists delivered papers illuminating the lives of the James Jackson and his wife Esther Jackson, their co-workers and the struggles in which they participated that helped shape developments in the United States from the late 1930s to the present. Angela Davis, David Levering Lewis, Percy Sutton, Pete Seeger, Michael Nash, Jean Carey Bond, Michael Anderson, Maurice Jackson and Charlene Mitchell delivered papers and spoke at the event. Sam Webb, Debbie Amis Bell and Daniel Rubin were among the estimated 250 individuals who attended the event.[9]

"Where Do We Go From Here?"

Institute for Policy Studies' Phyllis Bennis joined a line up of special guests for an inter-generational teach-In on the triple evils of militarism, economic exploitation, racism, January 18 2016, 5th and K Busboys & Poets. Washington DC.

At this tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the discussion will tease out the role of popular culture: 60s vs. now, the international implications of Dr. King’s Vision, and the links between economic exploitation and racism.

Participants included: Dr. Clarence Lusane, Joni Eisenberg, Rev. Graylan Hagler, Medea Benjamin, Phyllis Bennis, Dr. Vanessa Wills, Jeremiah Lowery, Dr. Maurice Jackson, Frank Smith, Dave Zirin, Jay Mills, Ayanna Gregory, In Process, and Live Audience Participation from Busboys!

Co-Moderators: Youth Activist Princess Black and Dr. Greg Carr, Howard University.[10]


  3. List of those NC members who signed statement of events at meeting of 11/15-16/91
  4. Addendum to Initiative document
  5. People's Weekly World Aug. 13 1991 p 19
  6. CoC official ballot paper
  7. Proceedings of the Committees of Correspondence Conference: Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the '90s booklet, printed by CoC in NY, Sept. 1992 (Price: $4)
  8. CoC National committee meeting, January 7-9, 1994, New York minutes
  9. People's World: James and Esther Jackson: shapers of history, December 15, 2006, by Daniel Rubin (accessed on November 8, 2010)
  10. IPS Where Do We Go From Here