Featured Speakers

Below is a full list of speakers from the 2016 fair. Stay tuned for a new list of speakers for this year’s 2017 Atlanta Radical Book Fair!

“Black Resistance and Armed Self-Defense in the American South”

Saturday, 15 October 2016, 12:15pm.
Auburn Avenue Research Library

Modibo Kadalie

modiboDuring the early and middle 1970′s, Modibo Kadalie was an active member of several radical organizations. In the League of Revolutionary Black Workers (LRBW), he served as a member of the Central Staff and Chair of the People’s Action Committee. in Highland Park, Michigan. In the International African Liberation Support Committee (ALSC), Kadalie was a founding member of the National Steering Committee. He chaired the Detroit local committee in 1972 and 1973, and then continued as a member of the expanded International Steering Committee as a representative from Atlanta, 1973-1975. Within the Sixth Pan-African Congress, he chaired the Southern Regional Organizing Committee from 1974-1975 and was also a member of both the North American Delegation and the North American Left Revolutionary Pan-African Caucus.

Modibo Kadalie holds degrees from Morehouse College, Howard University and Atlanta University was an Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Savannah State University. He has recently retired from his teaching position Fayetteville State University. Dr. Kadalie is the author of Internationalism, Pan-Africanism, and the Struggle of Social Classes (One Quest Press, 2000) and has contributed a new introduction to our new edition of Kimathi Mohammed’s Organization and Spontaneity. He is also the founder of the Autonomous Research Institute for Direct Democracy and Social Ecology.

Modibo will be speaking on the “Black Resistance and Armed Self-Defense in the American South”panel on Saturday 15 October 2016 (12:15pm) at the Atlanta Radical Book Fair with Akinyele Umoja. This panel will briefly explore the significance of armed self-defense and insurrection  in the struggle for Black freedom in the American South, from the Civil Rights & Black Power era to the modern-day movement for Black lives.

Akinyele Umoja

A1WYOnLVTxL._UX250_Akinyele Omowale Umoja is Professor and Chair of the Department of African-American studies at Georgia State University, where he teaches courses on the history of the civil rights and Black Power movements and other social movements. He has been a community activist for over 40 years and is a prominent organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.

In his book, We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement, Dr. Umoja argues that armed resistance was critical to the Southern freedom struggle and the dismantling of segregation and Black disenfranchisement. Intimidation and fear were central to the system of oppression in most of the Deep South. To overcome the system of segregation, Black people had to overcome fear to present a significant challenge to White domination. As the civil rights movement developed, armed self-defense and resistance became a significant means by which the descendants of enslaved Africans overturned fear and intimidation and developed different political and social relationships between Black and White Mississippians.

Akinyele will be speaking on the “Black Resistance and Armed Self-Defense in the American South”panel on Saturday 15 October 2016 (12:15pm) at the Atlanta Radical Book Fair with Modibo Kadalie. This panel will briefly explore the significance of armed self-defense and insurrection in the struggle for Black freedom in the American South, from the Civil Rights & Black Power era to the modern-day movement for Black lives.


“The Visual Arts and Radical Social Action”

Saturday, 15 October 2016, 1:15pm.
Auburn Avenue Research Library

Nicole Burton

nicoleIn 2013 Nicole Burton founded Ad Astra Comix, a social-justice comics publishing collective currently based in rural Ontario. Her first comic, “Coal Mountain”, illustrated the history of the 1935 coal miners’ strike in Corbin, British Columbia, highlighting the role of women in the struggle. Her second work, “DOGS” was a comic version of the findings of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, an initiative of the Inuit of Qikiqtaluit to document the slaughter of their sled dogs at the hands of the RCMP in the 1950s and 60s. She is also the writer and illustrator of “Eugenie Shark,” a comic about Japanese-American ichthyologist Eugenie Clark, “a pioneer for both women in STEM and the study of marine life, particularly sharks.” Most recently, Ad Astra Comix has published Drawing the Line: Indian Women Fight Back! and Extraction!, an anthology of comics journalism documenting the horrific and often criminal activities of mining companies in North America.

Nicole will be speaking at “The Visual Arts and Radical Social Action,” on Saturday 15 October 2016 (1:15pm) at the Atlanta Radical Book Fair. This panel will briefly introduce and explore the role of visual arts in social freedom movements.

Tim Short

IMG_7709-Web-LargeTimothy Short was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. By painting figurative scenes using extreme lights and darks, Timothy explores dualities and meanings associated with social constructions. Timothy obtained his BFA in Visual Art and Design along with a minor degree in African American Studies at Georgia State University. Among his many inspirations are Kerry James Marshall, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Alex Gardner, Jordan Casteel, and Hieronymus Bosch. In 2015,  Tim was the recipient of the Atlanta Artists Center’s Mary Brock Williams Award.

Tim will be speaking on “The Visual Arts and Radical Social Action” on Saturday 15 October 2016 (1:15pm) at the Atlanta Radical Book Fair, with Nicole Burton of Ad Astra Comix. This panel will briefly introduce and explore the role of visual arts in social freedom movements.


“Queer Resistance in the American South”

Saturday, 15 October 2016, 2:15pm.
Auburn Avenue Research Library

Taylor Alxndr

taylrTaylor Alxndr is a queer and trans performance artist and community organizer from Atlanta, GA. They are the co-founder and executive director of Southern Fried Queer Pride, a queer and trans arts and culture pride festival, and also the creator and host of SWEET TEA, a queer variety show. TAYLOR organizes in and believes in the true liberating power of the intersection of art, politics, and social justice.

On Saturday 15 October 2016 (2:15pm), Taylor will be speaking on the panel, “Queer Resistance in the American South.” This discussion will briefly investigate the history of southern queer politics as well as highlight present-day strategies toward queer revolution.

Sara Khaled

sarah-khaledSara is an activist and writer that is based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Sara has participated in anti-gentrification organizing, Palestine solidarity, undocumented solidarity, communal queer resistance, and political investigation through writing and research. They are interested in using pop culture to disseminate messages of dissent, resistance, and collective imaginings of liberation, and are committed to recognizing the strains that tie many of us to resisting systems of oppression, and teasing them out. Currently, Sara is earning her MA in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and feels particularly moved by and committed to the Black Lives Matter movement.

On Saturday 15 October 2016 (2:15pm), Sarah will be speaking on the panel, “Queer Resistance in the American South.” This discussion will briefly investigate the history of southern queer politics as well as highlight present-day strategies toward queer revolution.

Quita Tinsley

quiteQuita Tinsley is a fat, Black, queer femme that writes, organizes, and builds toward liberatory and sustainable change in her home, the South. She writes for Feministing, is a member of Echoing Ida, and serves on the board of Access Reproductive Care – Southeast.

On Saturday 15 October 2016 (2:15pm), Quita will be speaking on the panel, “Queer Resistance in the American South.” This discussion will briefly investigate the history of southern queer politics as well as highlight present-day strategies toward queer revolution.


“Disempower, Disarm, Disband”

Saturday, 15 October 2016, 3:15pm.
Auburn Avenue Research Library

Stephanie B

img_20160426_173724Stefanie B is a black anarcha-feminist from the Twin Cities. She’s engaged in struggle through Occupy and the anti-police brutality movement. She is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World, and spends most of her organizing energy on the union’s Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, African People’s Caucus, and the Antifa and Harm Reduction subcommittees of the Twin Cities’ General Defense Committee. Stefanie is also more recently a member of First of May Anarchist Alliance, a revolutionary anarchist organization with chapters in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Detroit.

On Saturday, 15 October 2016 (3:15pm), Stephanie will speak on the panel, “Disempower, Disarm, Disband,” a discussion hosted by Unity and Struggle that will explore the social origins of the police and paths toward revolutionary social change to create a world without police.

Seyoum Bey

13620110_1093963497323821_1688018906865378374_nOriginally from Baltimore, Seyoum Bey is a teacher and revolutionary community organizer who has been actively involved in most of the recent grassroots actions against police brutality in Atlanta, Georgia. He is affiliated with both the Atlanta chapter and Georgia State University chapter of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and is also a member of the 2016 Atlanta Radical Book Fair Committee.

On Saturday, 15 October 2016 (3:15pm), Seyoum will speak about his experience in the movement as part of, “Disempower, Disarm, Disband,” a panel discussion hosted by Unity and Struggle that will explore the social origins of the police and paths toward revolutionary social change to create a world without police. That same day, he will also facilitate a panel discussion about mass incarceration and political prisoners in the United States. “Political Prisoners and Resistance Behind Bars” will begin at 4:15pm.

Rosa Dee

rosa-deeRosa Dee is a Chicago native currently living in Houston, TX. Her organizing experience spans a broad range of struggles, from housing organizing with tenants in Southwest Houston to, most recently, doing work around police abolition. She is a member of Unity & Struggle, a communist anti-state grouping based in the U.S. She is also an editor with A World Without Police, a new project dedicated to connecting people involved in anti-police struggles and to providing practical and theoretical tools for use in our movement.

On Saturday, 15 October 2016 (3:15pm), Rosa Dee will speak at “Disempower, Disarm, Disband,” a panel discussion hosted by Unity and Struggle that will explore the social origins of the police and paths toward revolutionary social change to create a world without police.


“Political Prisoners and Resistance Behind Bars”

Saturday, 15 October 2016, 4:15pm.
Auburn Avenue Research Library

Dhoruba bin Wahad

feat-dhoruba-bin-wahad-400Dhoruba bin Wahad is a writer, activist, former Black Panther Party leader, and co-founder of the Black Liberation Army. In the early 1970s, he was targeted by the FBI’s COINTELPRO program, arrested and wrongfully convicted for the attempted murder of two police officers. Dhoruba became a political prisoner for 19 years, during which time he was engaged in a decades-long legal battle with the FBI. As a direct result of this struggle, The FBI  was forced to release more than 300,000 pages of documents regarding COINTELPRO. In 1990, a New York Supreme Court judge reversed the conviction and Dhoruba was released from prison. The FBI eventually settled in 1995, paying Dhoruba $400,000. In 2000, the city of New York paid Dhoruba additional damages. Using these funds, he established the Campaign to Free Black and New African Political Prisoners and founded the Institute for the Development of Pan-African policy in Ghana.

In May 2014, Dhoruba was attacked and beaten in his own home by Clayton County Deputy Ryan Hall, who was eventually fired and was indicted in July 2015.

On 8 August 2015, Dhoruba disrupted a meeting of the so-called New Black Panther Party (a right-wing, FBI-infiltrated organization with no connection to the original Black Panther Party) and was brutally attacked by several members of the organization, who beat him with chairs and broke his jaw in three places. Dhoruba’s injuries required a six-hour operation to repair the damage.

Dhoruba bin Wahad will be speaking at the Atlanta Radical Book Fair on 15 October 2016, as a participant in the panel, “Political Prisoners of War and Resistance Behind Bars.” This discussion will be facilitated by Seyoum Bey of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.

Watani Tyehimba

Watani web photoWatani Tyehimba is a writer and veteran activist living in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1986, he became a political prisoner for over a year after refusing to cooperate with a federal grand jury. He was a member of the House of Umoja and the Afrikan People’s Party, prior to being a founding member of the New Afrikan People’s Organization (NAPO) and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. In the 1990s, Watani was a business manager for Tupac Shakur.

He was the Western Regional Coordinator for the National Human Rights Coalition and the Southern California representative for the National Task Force for COINTELPRO Litigation and Research (NTFCLR), which was founded by Afeni Shakur and Mutulu Shakur.

Watani Tyehimba will be speaking at the Atlanta Radical Book Fair on 15 October 2016, as a participant in the panel, “Political Prisoners of War and Resistance Behind Bars.” This discussion will be facilitated by Seyoum Bey of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.

**This page will be updated frequently as the 2016 Atlanta Radical Book Fair approaches. Check back soon for more information about our speakers!**