Feb 4, 2021
In this episode we interview Dr. Michael Sawyer. Sawyer is an assistant professor of Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies in the Department of English at Colorado College. We spoke to him about his book, Black Minded: The Political Philosophy of Malcolm X which is part of the Black Critique Series on Pluto Press. Sawyer is also the author of An Africana Philosophy of Temporality.
Dr. Sawyer shares with us the process of working to expand the academic field of political philosophy to accommodate the critically important contributions of Malcolm X to Black thought. We talk about how political prisoner and SNCC veteran Imam Jamil Al-Amin helped inspire this project which works to acknowledge the role of Malcolm X’s political philosophy between that of W.E.B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon. Through the book and our discussion Sawyer deals with how Malcolm X’s thought handles questions of Blackness in relation to ontology, embodiment, geography, and revolution.
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