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About the Tour
Inspired by the organizing in communities across the South, from New Orleans, to Memphis, to San Antonio, to Charlottesville, and beyond, Takiyah Thompson and her co-defendants from Durham, NC are launching a national speaking tour in 2018.
In August 2017, the people of Durham brought down a Confederate monument that had stood outside the county courthouse since 1924. The removal of the statue took place during a vigil and rally with hundreds present, two days after the violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA where dozens of anti-racist protesters were injured, and one, Heather Heyer, killed when a white supremacist member of the American Vanguard Party drove his car into a crowd. We'll be taking the lessons from the struggle on the road.
Dispatches from the Road
The Madison, Wis., branch of Workers World Party hosted Takiyah Thompson on Feb. 4 as part of their national speaking tour for Black Liberation Month. Thompson is one of the freedom fighters who led the people’s removal of a Confederate statue in Durham, N.C., on Aug. 14. Thompson spoke about the connection between the symbolic Read more about Madison, Wis.: Takiyah Thompson on removing white supremacy from the U.S. landscape[…]
Takiyah Thompson, a member of Workers World Party in Durham, N.C., and a student at North Carolina Central University, spoke to over 70 people on Feb. 3 at the United Electrical Workers hall in Chicago about resistance to white supremacy and toppling its monuments. The event was sponsored by WWP, Black Youth Project 100 and Read more about Takiyah Thompson says topple white supremacy, uplift the community in Chicago[…]
“Do It Like Durham!, Workers Solidarity — Tear Down White Supremacy” was the theme of a Workers World Party forum here on Jan. 27. The Black History Month event brought together working-class organizers who are challenging and toppling the racist, sexist, anti-transgendered ideas and institutions of capitalism. Featured speaker was Takiyah Thompson, a Durham, N.C., Read more about ‘Do It Like Durham’: Takiyah Thompson speaks on toppling white supremacy in Boston[…]