Garrett Felber joins the Beyond Prisons podcast to discuss Study and Struggle, which he helped launch in 2020 as “a bilingual political education program on abolition and immigrant justice which supports and collaborates with grassroots organizations in Mississippi.”

(NOTE: This episode was recorded a few weeks before Felber was wrongfully fired by the University of Mississippi for speaking out against its racist donors and role in perpetuating the carceral state; you can find out more about what happened here.)

Felber is a former assistant professor of history at the University of Mississippi and the author of “Those Who Know Don’t Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement and the Carceral State” and co-author of “The Portable Malcolm X Reader” with the late Manning Marable.  

He was the lead organizer of the Making and Unmaking Mass Incarceration conference and Project Director of the Parchman Oral History Project, a collaborative oral history, archival, and documentary storytelling project on incarceration in Mississippi. In 2016, Felber co-founded Liberation Literacy, an abolitionist collective inside and outside Oregon prisons.  

Felber is currently a fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, where he will be working on his next book project: “We Are All Political Prisoners: The Revolutionary Life of Martin Sostre.”

Episode Notes & Resources

Study And Struggle

Those Who Know Don’t Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement, and the Carceral State” (UNC Press, 2020)

Follow Garrett on Twitter @garrett_felber

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Beyond Prisons is a podcast on incarceration and prison abolition that elevates people directly impacted by the system. Hosted by Kim Wilson and Brian Sonenstein.