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Washington/Canadian-Media: A Conversation with political theorists Melvin Rogers and Jack Turne on the Future of Democracy titled “A History of African American Political Thought,” was released on February 22, 2021 by the Library of Congress' (LoC) Kluge Center.
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Rogers and Turner were interviewed by the Outreach and Partnerships Program Specialist Janna Deitz on their recent book, African American Political Thought: A Collected History describing the providing an unprecedented philosophical history of thinkers from the African American community and the African diaspora.
An intellectual friendship between the two scholars, Turner and Rogers based on a shared interest in political philosophy started when they met as undergraduates in a class on philosophy, race, and racism. Robert Gooding-Williams, who taught that class, is a contributor to African American Political Thought.
With an aim to provide a clear picture of the history of African American political theory in their book with a focus on the individual lives of the African American thinkers” surveyed in the book.
At the same time, Rogers said, “all of these figures are grappling with and are confronting racial disregard and they’re confronting white supremacy, and that binds them together historically across time,” LoC blog posted.
“Ideas coming out of the African American political tradition, they’re not just variations of Euro-American traditions,” Turner said. “They are complete reconfigurations and distinct contributions that we neglect to our impoverishment and sometimes maybe to our peril,” LoC blog posted.