Episode 57: Robin D.G. Kelley

Freedom Dreams

Love and imagination, potentially the most powerful weapons in the arsenal of the oppressed, the marginalized, and the exploited, are frequently unappreciated, too often underutilized—and yet still within reach and entirely available.  Robin D.G. Kelley foregrounds love, imagination, and generosity in all of his work, including the groundbreaking Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination, an original history of Black radicalism and a powerful vision of a revolutionary future. Kelley describes himself as a “Marxist surrealist feminist who is not just anti something, but pro-emancipation, pro-liberation.” We met up with Robin Kelley recently at the Socialism 2022 conference in Chicago where we released our radical imaginations in a generative and wide-ranging conversation.

Video of the conversation between Bill and Robin D.G. Kelley at the Socialism 2022 Conference.

Our thanks to the good folks at Socialism 2022 and Haymarket Books for facilitating the space to host our interviews. We encourage all of our listeners to take some time and look at their websites to view the wealth of virtual programs that they make available for all of us – a true inspiration.

Featured Poem:

Affirmation, Eve L. Ewing

Free write:

I woke up this morning with my mind on freedom,  and I thought, I am alive…

Socialism 2022: Robin D.G. Kelley, Freedom Dreams and the Socialist Project

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