Book talk – “Black Power and Palestine: Transnational Countries of Color”


Michael Fischbach
Author and Professor of History, Randolph-Macon College

**A light lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Talk begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. 



The 1967 Arab–Israeli War rocketed the question of Israel and Palestine onto the front pages of American newspapers. Black Power activists saw Palestinians as a kindred people of color, waging the same struggle for freedom and justice as themselves. Soon concerns over the Arab–Israeli conflict spread across mainstream black politics and into the heart of the civil rights movement itself. Black Power and Palestine uncovers why so many African Americans—notably Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Muhammad Ali, among others—came to support the Palestinians or felt the need to respond to those who did.

In chronicling this story, Fischbach reveals much about how American peoples of color create political strategies, a sense of self, and a place within U.S. and global communities. The shadow cast by events of the 1960s and 1970s continues to affect the United States in deep, structural ways. This is the first book to explore how conflict in the Middle East shaped the American civil rights movement.


Biography of Speaker

Michael R. Fischbach is Professor of History at Randolph-Macon College, and the author of numerous publications and books including, Jewish Property Claims Against Arab Countries (Columbia University Press, 2008), The Peace Process and Palestinian Refugee Claims: Addressing Claims for Property Compensation and Restitution (United States Institute of Peace Press, 2006), and Records of Dispossession: Palestinian Refugee Property and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Columbia University Press, 2003; American University of Cairo Press, 2004). He was awarded grants by The MacArthur Foundation and the United States Institute of Peace, and has presented at numerous academic and diplomatic settings in sixteen countries on four continents.




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