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The Revolutionary Syllabus

A collage of young people, protests, and city buildings.
Manifest Justice, Damon Locks.

The Revolutionary Syllabus is a collection of media from our partners and participants of the Black Power Series to provide you with further study on the themes of Stokely: The Unfinished Revolution. In the legacy of Stokely Charmichael/Kwame Ture, we honor the past, present, and future of revolutionary movements.


A comprehensive reading list featuring books, articles, speeches, short stories, and more.

A Chicago Area Friends of SNCC History reading list by Theodore R. Foster III, PhD

A Black Power reading list from rapper and librarian Roy Kinsey

A short story from artist, educator, and musician Damon Locks

  • Jump, Cadwell Turnbull

A Civil Rights Freedom Fighters reading list from Fannie Rushing, PhD

An Education/Liberation reading list from Court’s Education Department


A curated selection of video clips and film recommendations that respond to themes of liberation, joy, and struggle.

Watch Curtis Hayes Muhammed Presente!, recommended by Theodore R. Foster III, PhD

Watch this selection of films and clips recommended by artist, educator, and musician Damon Locks

Watch this selection of films and clips recommended by rapper and librarian Roy Kinsey

Watch Fundi: The Life of Ella Baker, a film by Joanne Grant, recommended by Fannie Rushing, PhD


A collection of songs, speeches, and podcasts – hear the revolution!

This episode of the AirGo podcast focuses on the creative process behind Stokely: The Unfinished Revolution.

Listen to these songs and speeches recommended by rapper and librarian Roy Kinsey


Meet the people behind the Syllabus.

AirGo Radio is a weekly podcast based in Chicago that reshapes the culture of the city and beyond for the more liberatory and creative. Through longform conversations with movement workers, artists, rappers, poets, musicians, organizers, and changemakers, AirGo puts Chicago’s reimaginers in conversation and creates a living dialogue-based archive of our creative communities and social movements. AirGo is the flagship show of Respair Production & Media, an ecosystem hub creating and supporting the media needed to reshape culture toward liberation. and is a sponsored project of Allied Media Projects. Learn more.

Dr. Theodore Foster III, PhD is a Black Studies scholar specializing in the production of historical memories of the modern civil rights movement, Black visual culture, and neoliberalism within Black political thought. His research focuses on how memorials, commemorations, activists, politicians, and artists visualize and narrate the history of the 1960s Black Freedom Movement through divergent political lenses. Dr. Foster is an Assistant Professor of African American History and Black Studies at University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Roy Kinsey is an anomaly when it comes to tradition in his respective industries. Where being a Black, queer-identified, rapper, and librarian may be an intimidating choice for some, Roy Kinsey’s non-conformist ideology has informed his poignant releases, BLACKIE: A Story by Roy KinseyKinsey: A Memoir, and most recently 3 RINGS. Gracing the covers of prominent publications like Chicago ReaderChicago TribuneBillboardLA Times, NPR, WBEZ’s Vocalo, and WGCI to name a few, this coverage proves that Kinsey’s goal to preserve rap as a literary art form resonates. His contributions are offerings to the canon of Black queer literature and hip-hop. Learn more.

Damon Locks is a Chicago-based visual artist, educator, and vocalist/musician. Since 2014, he has been working with the Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project at the Stateville Correctional Center teaching art. He spent four years as an Artist in Residence as a part of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s SPACE Program, introducing civically engaged art into the curriculum at Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy High School. He currently teaches Improvisation in the Sound Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Damon leads the Black Monument Ensemble; is a member of New Future City Radio and Exploding Star Orchestra; and co-founder of the band The Eternals.

Fannie Theresa Rushing, PhD is a founding member of the Chicago Area Friends of SNCC and served as a SNCC field secretary and Freedom School teacher from 1962 to 1966. Her major contributions to the Chicago SNCC History Project Archives at the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection document the civil rights movement in Chicago and the American South, and her involvement in international human rights work. Dr. Rushing is a professor at Benedictine University.

Court’s Education Departmentmeet the team!

Posted on July 8, 2024 in Productions

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