The Black Misleadership Class v. the Movement and Its Legacy

Black Agenda Report Fundraiser & 7th Anniversary Celebration

Join BAR, Cornel West and Other Special Guests for our 7th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser in Harlem's Historic Riverside Church

Join BAR, Cornel West and Other Special Guests for our 7th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser in Harlem’s Historic Riverside Church

Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford, Nellie Bailey, Bruce Dixon & Margaret Kimberley join Cornel West, Kevin Alexander Gray, Marsha Coleman-Abedayo, Ajamu Baraka and other comrades to delve into the vast gulf between the pretensions of the black misleadership class and the promise of the movement past yet to come. 

Join us Friday, October 18th at Harlem’s historic Riverside Church, 400 Riverside Drive, NYC, as the Riverside Church Social Justice Ministry & Black Agenda Report proudly celebrate the 7th anniversary of BAR. Reception & program from 6 to 9:30 p.m.


Our black misleaders pretend to be the successors and fruits of the historical black Freedom Movement.  But Wells Fargo or Comcast or the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation didn’t fund the Freedom movement.  

The Freedom Movement successfully called our people to stand against war and empire.  Our current crop of black misleaders and TV talking heads are “cruise missile liberals” eager to line up behind the drone bombings of Somalia, Libya, Syria or anyplace else, prepared to ignore or excuse the persecution of whistleblowers, the coddling of banksters, the unleashing of the NSA or pretty much anything else as long as the president is black and/or a Democrat.  

Black unemployment was double white employment 45 years ago when there were only handfuls of black elected officials.  But today with more than ten thousands black elected officials on every level, relative black unemployment is has not changed, although black incarceration rates have skyrocketed.  In the last few years, with our black misleadership class supposedly at the height of their power and influence, black family wealth has plunged from a tenth that of the average white family to a twentieth.

Activists of the Freedom Movement era fought for quality education for all children, while our current black misleaders are champions of for-profit charter schools.    Our black misleaders have no answers to the housing crisis or black mass incarceration because they no longer believe social justice is possible.  From the president on down, our black misleaders, instead of “representing” the voices of our people in the halls of power, govern us on behalf of those powerful interests. 

If President Obama and the rest of our black misleadership class truly stood upon the shoulders of MLK, Ella Baker, Malcolm X and Fannie Lou Hamer, they’d be standing somewhere else.  

Since our beginning in 2006, we at Black Agenda Report have focused our attention the black misleadership class and its role in normalizing punitive and unfair policies that white authorities could not implement without them.  

Join us as we celebrate and organize to fight back!

Reception & program: 6 PM to 7 PM, minimum donation $100

Program only: 7 PM to 9:30 PM, minimum donation $30


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