George Jackson in the Sun of Palestine | Greg Thomas

E366 | How did a poem by Palestinian poet, Samih al-Qasim, come to be known and published under George Jackson's name, in English translation? George Jackson, a Black revolutionary writer, was incarcerated in California for more than a decade, until he was killed in 1971 by prison guards. Among the ninety-nine books Jackson had in his cell at the time of his death, one was "Enemy of the Sun," a collection of Palestinian resistance poetry. For four decades, the title poem of the collection has circulated in Black Panther newspapers and other venues under George Jackson's name. In this episode, Greg Thomas discusses his recovery of this shared history, and the traveling exhibition that emerged from his research. See more at Greg Thomas, a “native” of Southeast, Washington DC, is a Black Studies professor in English at Tufts University. Author of books such as The Sexual Demon of Colonial Power (2007) and Hip-Hop Revolution in the Flesh (2009), he is also curator of the traveling art exhibition, “George Jackson in the Sun of Palestine,” an outgrowth of his current book projects on “Comrade George” and political captivity. Shireen Hamza is a doctoral student in the History of Science department at Harvard University. Her research focuses broadly on the history of science and medicine in the Islamicate Middle Ages, especially in the Indian Ocean World. CREDITS Episode No. 366 Release Date: 11 July 2018 Recording Location: Tufts University Audio editing by Shireen Hamza Music: Special thanks to bANDiSTA for the use of their song, Haymatlos/Sınırsız Ulussuz Sürgünsüz Images and bibliography courtesy of Greg Thomas Available at

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