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Toussaint Losier: What Is the Black Left?

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In this fifth episode of Black Work Talk’s Season Two, Steven Pitts talks with Toussaint Losier, his co-host for the second mini-series of Black Work Talk on the Black Left. Toussaint is a professor in the African American Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During this episode, we previewed the mini-series by presenting our definitions of the Black Left; discussing the importance of organizations and institutions to expanding the power and influence of the Black Left; and outlining some of the key challenges facing the Black Left.


Toussaint Losier

Toussaint Losier is a professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign and a visiting scholar at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. He is co-author of Rethinking the American Prison Movement (Routledge, 2017) with Dan Berger; his writing has been published in Souls, Radical History Review, The Journal of Urban History, Against the Current, and Left Turn Magazine.


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