Truth and Revolution: A History of the Sojourner Truth Organization
Join us Thursday, July 26th, from 7-9PM for an evening with Mike Staudenmeier, author of “Truth and Revolution“, who will talk about who the Sojourner Truth Organization was and its legacy in revolutionary and left movements today.
STO was a revolutionary organization from the 1970’s and 1980’s that developed some of the foundational work and theory of anti-racist and anti-white supremacist thought and organizing today. STO’s work and theory centered around challenging white-supremacy, capitalism, and patriarchy. It was involved in multiple different campaigns and movements during its lifetime, however, its important work and legacy in current movements and organizations is a little known and talked about history.
In the 1970s and 1980s, as the movements of the sixties receded from view, the revolutionary left in the United States went through a series of profound political, demographic, and cultural transformations as it struggled to find its footing in a rapidly changing world. The unorthodox political agenda of the Sojourner Truth Organization represents a small but powerfully resonant thread running through this arc of history. Drawing on detailed archival research and oral interviews, Truth and Revolution skillfully combines social and intellectual history approaches to shed light on both the theory and the practice of STO. Perhaps most famous for its theoretical formulations of white skin privilege, the group also developed a novel analysis of class consciousness. Historian Michael Staudenmaier also includes a final chapter linking the legacy of STO directly to the challenges facing twenty-first century radicals.
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