The Saga of a City Rising
Book Review

Friedman, Michael

Publisher:  Against the Current
Date Written:  01/11/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23448

Positive review of a collection of essays about Black organizing in Mississippi. The review focuses on two of the essays with two "key takeaways."



Jackson Rising:
The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi
By Ajamu Nangwaya and Kali Akuno
Cooperation Jackson, Daraja Press, 2017, 312 pages, $29.99 paperback.

There has been much interest among those who advocate for worker ownership and economic democracy in the organizing struggles that were undertaken in Jackson, Mississippi and led to the election of Chokwe Lumumba as Mayor of Jackson on June 4, 2013....

Chokwe Lumumba's program of economic development and political action, the Jackson-Kush Plan - and why it was not derailed by this string of events that would have been enough to undermine many other Black Liberation political struggles - is the focus of Jackson Rising....

Jackson Rising is a collection of 24 essays by 23 contributors that address various elements of the plan, many of the practical initiatives undertaken by those organizing around it, the history of the organizing that preceded its development, the strategies and tactics of Chokwe Lumumba’s campaign, and an assessment of the impact and consequences of these efforts.
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