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Herb Boyd

Socialist Scholars Conference 1990

The Socialist Scholars Conference 1990, held September 6-8, at the Hotel Commodore, New York, included panels such as:[1]

Do the Right Thing Revisited

Malcolm X conference

A conference, Malcolm X: Radical Tradition and a Legacy of Struggle was held in New York City, November 14 1990.

The Malcolm X, Art and Culture panel included;



Socialist Scholars Conference

Robert Mast, Democratic Socialists of America, Herb Boyd, The Guardian, Dan Georgakas and Michael Smith were speakers on the What's Left in Detroit panel sponsored by CUNY and Democratic Socialists of America at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City.[3]

Black Radical Congress

In March 1998 “Endorsers of the Call” to found a Black Radical Congress (BRC) included Herb Boyd, Journalist/Author, New York City[4].

Boyd was a panel member of the June 19-21, 1998 "Black Radical Congress" conference held in Chicago, which had "over 2,000 participants".[5]. Boyd was also a contributor to "The Black Scholar" issue about this conference, writing a chapter entitled "Moving On - The BRC", pp. 38-40

The BRC had numerous panels based on specific "black" topics including "We Demand Reparations: The Growing Movements for Self-Determination, Redress and Freedom"; "Global Issues Are Black issues: Framing Our Struggle as International and Anti-Imperialist"; and the one Boyd participated in, "Media Fighting Back" (p. 47). More on the BRC and this conference can be found elsewhere in KW. However, it must be pointed out that the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) was the dominating faction of the affair, often having their members as the panel coordinator as well as participants.

The Black Scholar

Boyd was a contributor to The Black Scholar.[6]

Spartacist League and Operations

The Spartacist League (SL) is a splinter Marxist Trotskyite-oriented party with an estimated membership of only a few hundred people plus some supporters. They have been around since the 1960's but were never a major player on the national scene as was the much larger and more powerful Socialist Workers Party (SWP), the older Trotsky-oriented standard bearer. It publishes a newspaper called Workers Vanguard (WV), and has a front group known as the Partisan Defense Committee (PDC), which is characterized as "affiliated" with the SL.

A November 4, 2008, the PDC published "a partial list of individuals, labor organizations representing thousands of workers, and other groups which have signed the following statement to free Mumia Abu-Jamal", who was convicted in the cold-blooded killing of a Philadelphia police officer in 1982.

At the PDC website, this "list" was part of the "Partisan Defense Committee Campaign to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Now!" operation. The list of supporters represented a core of black, Marxist extremists and SL/PRC supporters/sympathizers. Among those listed in the section entitled "The Partisan Defense Committee has obtained letters from the following individuals and organizations in support of Mumia" was

  • Herb Boyd - Managing Editor, "The Black World Today", New York, NY* (organization listed for identification only)

Among the other communist/Marxist/extremists who supported this campaign were:


REFUSE FASCISM is an anti-Trump project of the Revolutionary Communist Party.

Initiators include (list in formation):


  1. Second Annual Socialist Scholars Conference program.
  2. http://www.brothermalcolm.net/sections/malcolm/old/workshop.html
  3. SSE Tenth Annual Conference Program, 1992
  4. http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/45a/524.html
  5. "The Black Scholar", a Journal of Black Studies and Research, Fall/Winter 1998, Volume 28, No. 3/4, inside cover page
  6. The Black Scholar
  7. "VENONA: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America", John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, Yale University Press, 1999, p. 182. He was identified on the PDC as "Author, Colonel General (DDR), Retired, Berlin, Germany
  8. [1]

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