Dennis Laumann

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Dennis Laumann

Dennis Laumann is an Associate Professor of African history at The University of Memphis, Tennessee.

Married to Rebecca Laumann.


Laumann was born and raised in New York to parents who emigrated from Germany. His interests in politics, history, journalism, and travel "were nurtured through public education from elementary school on Long Island to graduate school at UCLA."

Communist Party

Dennis Laumann is a member of the Communist Party USA and Local 3865 of the United Campus Workers-Communication Workers of America. Laumann mainly writes on Africa for People's World.

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

In 2008 Dennis Laumann, Associate Professor at the University of Memphis, TN signed a statement circulated by the Partisan Defense Committee calling for the release of convicted “cop-killer” Mumia Abu-Jamal.[1]

Texas radical meeting


Rev. James Caldwell (third from left) at a 2012 meeting which included Texas Organizing Project members, Tennessee Communist Party USA member Dennis Laumann, fourth from left, and Rep. Al Green (9th from left) and Sissy Farenthold, 11th from left.

Communist Party speaker

Speak Progress is the speakers bureau of the Communist Party USA. Listed speakers, as of October 2014, included Dennis Laumann[2]

Dennis Laumann is Associate Professor of African History at The University of Memphis. He is the author of Colonial Africa, 1884-1994. He has written for numerous publications on the history of Africa.
Laumann is a specialist in West African history, especially the history of Ghana; colonialism; oral history; and Marxist theory and history.
He is a United States Fulbright Scholar and Research Affiliate of the University of Ghana. Dr. Laumann serves on the Advisory Board of the Ghana Studies Association and as co-editor of the academic journal Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana.
Additionally, Laumann has received numerous teaching awards. He lectures on a wide range of topics related to Africa and the African diaspora such as the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade, colonial violence, and Cuba’s role in Africa.

Political Affairs

In 2015 Dennis Laumann served on the editorial board of the Communist Party USA's Political Affairs. [3]

Anti-Trump rally

The University of Memphis main campus was host to the latest protest of Donald Trump as president November 16 2016.

The event was organized by the Memphis Progressive Student Alliance. The student group created an event on Facebook to garner interest, using the title "#NotMyPresident: Memphis in Solidarity Against Donald Trump."

Senior Gary Christopher Barton, a member of the alliance, said it was a chance for students to voice their frustrations about Trump's victory.

"There's a lot of anger, sadness and just fear about all of the stuff that's happening and we just wanted to have a place everyone could come together," Barton said. "We know that Donald Trump will be the president but we want to let the people know that the racism, bigotry and misogyny that's come out after the wake of the election is not OK and we do not agree with it."

About 100 people stood in a semi-circle and demonstrated outside the school's University Center while dozens of onlookers and passers-by on their way to class stood and watched.

Anti-Trump protesters march through Midtown

They chanted phrases, including "Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here" and "No racists, no KKK, no fascist USA."

Many held signs criticizing Trump — hand-painted boards reading "Trump is a bad hombre" and "Hate will never make us great," among others.

While students chanted, professor of history Dennis Laumann spoke up and said he was there with a few colleagues because "... we are with you and Trump is not our president."

"To me, Donald Trump represents the opposite of what a university stands for, which is to embrace our diversity, to respect each other to learn from each other," Laumann said. "So it's especially appropriate that students of a diverse university like Memphis should come together to stand against the hatred that Donald Trump has promoted."

Jayanni Webster attended the protest as an organizer with United Campus Workers, Tennessee's higher education union. She acknowledged that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was not a perfect candidate, but she did win the popular vote and students were frustrated that the Electoral College carried so much weight because "... in a direct democracy Hillary Clinton would have won."

She said many people were scared or angry about what would happen to them with Trump as president, and it stemmed from "the history of racism in this country and not being able to resolve that stain in the American fabric. So we see it grow and manifest and now ... . Our federal government is controlled by someone who clearly has galvanized millions of people around a racist platform."[4]

New member phone bank


New member phone bank Public · Hosted by Communist Party USA.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11 AM - 4 PM EDT

Your living room

We're organizing a phonebank to our new members on Saturday and we need your help. The callfire service allow you to make the calls from home, using your smartphone, laptop or deskstop. You'll get a real charge from talking to them! Aint' nuthin like it!! Please click "going" if you can make calls! Thanks!

Those invited to participate on on Facebook included Dennis Laumann.

National Party Building Conference

National Party Building Conference Hosted by Communist Party USA and People's World.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 12 PM – 6 PM EST

Join Communist Party activists and members in a national conference. You can register here

The conference will take place November 11th to 12th to plan our work in the fight against the Trump Administration and its white supremacist ruling class backers. Find information here about how to participate.

The conference will be streamed from Chicago to regional meetings in New Haven, Los Angeles, and Orlando. Whether you’re on the East Coast, West Coast, in the MIdwest or the South, you’ll be able to participate.[5]

Those invited on Facebook included Dennis Laumann.


  1. Signers of Campaign to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Now
  2. Speak Progress, Speakers page
  3. PA About, accessed October 2015
  4. [University of Memphis students rally against Trump Kayleigh Skinner, Published 1:16 p.m. CT Nov. 16, 2016 | Updated 5:13 p.m. CT Nov. 16, 2016]