Johanna Fernández on the Young Lords

On Monday, April 25, 2022, author and teacher Johanna Fernández will speak about the history of the Young Lords, the Puerto Rican counterpart of the Black Panther Party. The dialogue will highlight the multiracial dimensions, innovative urban strategies, and global solidarities of the Black Freedom Struggle.

Johanna Fernández is associate professor of History at Baruch College of the City University of New York. She is the author of The Young Lords: A Radical History and the editor of Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal. With Mumia Abu-Jamal, she co-edited a special issue of the journal Socialism and Democracy, titled The Roots of Mass Incarceration in the U.S.: Locking Up Black Dissidents and Punishing the Poor.

Fernández will be in conversation with Rethinking Schools editor and high school teacher Jesse Hagopian.


These online classes with people’s historians are held at least once a month (generally on Mondays) at 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET for 90 minutes. In each session, the historian is interviewed by a teacher and breakout rooms allow participants to meet each other in small groups, discuss the content, and share teaching ideas. We designed the sessions for teachers and other school staff. Parents, students, and others are also welcome to participate.

Find resources below to teach outside the textbook about the Puerto Rican independence struggle and multiracial dimensions of the Black Freedom Struggle.

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