Conor Tomas Reed is part of the next generation brought up in these educational institutions and nourished by these writers’ work. Eager to understand the decolonial metamorphosis that transformed the landscape of higher education, Reed explores how they supported each other and the unique methods of movement and study they brought to the classroom and the neighborhood. Digging into the archive and interviewing surviving members, including Samuel Delany and Louis Reyes Rivera, Reed reclaims these vibrant histories as they help chart our tasks today.
Chapter 1: Black, Puerto Rican, and Women’s Freedom Learning, and the Rise and Containment of the City College Left
Chapter 2: Creating the ‘Black University,’ ‘black city,’ and ‘Life Studies’ with Toni Cade Bambara, David Henderson, and June Jordan
Chapter 3: Sisters in Struggle: Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich’s Interventions from the City College of New York and John Jay College into New Public Realms
Chapter 4: Black, Puerto Rican, and women’s student compositions in/beyond the City College of New YorkChapter 5: CUNY Will Be Free: Contemporary Struggles for Our Futures
Praise for previous work
“This brief, stimulating selection of education-focused writings from poet and activist Jordan (1936–2002) demonstrates her brilliance, compassion, and ceaseless engagement with the world... [T]hese eight pieces collectively delineate structural inequities that constrain the life choices of young people of color while also persuasively arguing, in the words of the editors, “that poetry can provide a route to a radical reconfiguration of consciousness.”--Publisher's Weekly (April 2018)