The focus of this chapter centers on Yoriko Nakajima’s conceptualization of Black politics derived from her support for Robert F. Williams’s struggle for Black liberation. She was a close friend of Robert and Mabel Williams, her ties deepening as they were exiled from Monroe, North Carolina, to Fidel Castro’s Cuba and Mao Tse-tung’s China throughout the 1960s. In her magna opus Black Political Participation as America Enters Its Third Century (1989), which was written in Japanese, she richly documented the nature of this struggle. Her understanding of Black politics brings into sharp relief the problem of the new theoretical and interpretive framework that has become vogue in recent historical scholarship on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements called the Long Movement Thesis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Transpacific Correspondence|
|Subtitle of host publication||Dispatches from Japan's Black Studies|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing|
|Number of pages||20|
|State||Published - Mar 12 2019|
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