Intellectual History Project

This research analyzes the patterns and core contributions of crime and justice inquiry and writing in the black intellectual tradition. A primary goal is to mark the foundations of an “Africana theory of justice,” based upon criticism and knowledge produced by Black scholars, artists, and public intellectuals, including many who have personally experienced incarceration—such as Nat Turner, Marcus Garvey, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Assata Shakur, George Jackson, Mumia Abu-Jamal, James Farmer, and Angela Davis. These contributions reflect a wide array of interpretive styles and disciplinary perspectives (i.e., social sciences, humanities, law, criminology, etc.), as well as dynamic impulses and aspirations inspired over centuries of the black experience.

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Center for Contemporary Black History | Columbia University