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Paul Von Blum
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Paul Von Blum is Senior Lecturer in African American Studies and Communication Studies at UCLA.  He has taught at the University of California since...

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This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed

In 1946 Paul Robeson told President Truman that if the government refused to defend its black citizens, blacks would have to defend themselves. A new book, and history, reveal why Robeson’s words were so tragically prophetic.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 READ MORE


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The Watts Towers

A new book celebrates Sabato Rodia’s towers in Watts, a massive sculptural lifework of a whimsical eccentric, made from found objects and without power tools or scaffolding.

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The Logbooks

Journalist Anne Farrow has written a profoundly personal reflection on historical memory, based on her discovery of Atlantic slave trade logbooks, and on her mother’s painful descent into dementia.

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Stokely: A Life

For too long, this country has relegated its militant black figures to the margins of the historical record. A new biography of Stokely Carmichael is a major antidote to that problem.

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Paul Robeson: A Life

A new biography of Paul Robeson delves into his remarkable political activism, while revealing a pernicious social order determined to destroy its most effective and outspoken critics.

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 READ MORE


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Another Casualty of L.A.’s Cultural Indifference?

The artistic record in a region that aspires to world-class status has been problematic when it comes to censorship and preservation.

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Saving Paul Conrad’s ‘Chain Reaction’

For the past 22 years, the city of Santa Monica has had one of the most significant public political artworks in the nation, installed adjacent to the Santa Monica Civic Center in the tourism hub of this beachside town.

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Paul Von Blum
Paul Von Blum

Paul Von Blum is Senior Lecturer in African American Studies and Communication Studies at UCLA.  He has taught at the University of California since 1968, serving 11 years at UC Berkeley before arriving at UCLA in 1980.  He is the author of six books and numerous articles on art, culture, education, and politics.  His most recent book is “Paul Robeson for Beginners”  (2014). Other books Von Blum has authored include “Racism and the Law” and “A Life at the Margins: Keeping the Political Vision,” his 2011 memoir that chronicles almost 50 years of political activism, starting with his civil rights work in the South and elsewhere in the early 1960s. 

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