Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, & Black Power

SURJ NoVa’s Nonfiction Reading Group is opening a new book in January: “Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, & Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times” by Amy Sonnie & James Tracy.

From the publisher: “James Tracy and Amy Sonnie, who have been interviewing activists from the [1960s-70s] for nearly ten years…. show that poor and working-class radicals, inspired by the Civil Rights movement, the Black Panthers, and progressive populism, started to organize significant political struggles against racism….”

Among the groups included in this “deeply sourced narrative history” are JOIN Community Union, the Young Patriots Organization and Rising Up Angry of the original“Rainbow Coalition,” the October 4th Organization, and White Lightning.

For the first meeting, we will be reading the introduction and first chapter.

Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power

Even if you have not yet read the chapter, please join us for discussion in the upstairs dining area in the Fairfax Wegmans on Monument Drive. Feel free to buy food and beverages downstairs if you would like.