ORGANIZE YOUR OWN: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements by Daniel Tucker

Published by Soberscove Press (2016)
248 Pages, 16 x 18 cm, Paperback
ISBN: 9781940190112

Fifty years ago, Stokely Carmichael, the leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) made a historic call: “One of the most disturbing things about almost all white supporters of the movement has been that they are afraid to go into their own communities – which is where the racism exists – and work to get rid of it. They want to run from Berkeley to tell us what to do in Mississippi; let them look instead at Berkeley… Let them go to the suburbs and open up freedom schools for whites.”

Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements features new work by contemporary artists, poets, and writers that relates to the Black Power movement’s mandate to ‘organize your own’ community against racism. Exploring the question of what ‘your own’ might mean, this book connects some of the concerns dealt with in the 1960s and ’70s to the conversations and social movements around racial justice happening today. Far from an historical account, Organize Your Own documents and expands upon an exhibition and event series of the same name that took place in Chicago and Philadelphia in early 2016.