Socialist Scholars Conference 1990
Do the Right Thing Revisited
- Sponsor: Cineaste
- Moderator: Leonard Quart, Film, College of Staten Island
- Dan Georgakas, Editor, Cineaste
- Herb Boyd, critic, National Guardian
- William Mackey, Jr., Van Arsdale School of Labor Studies, Empire State College
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;
- Maryemma Graham, Northeastern University
- Herb Boyd, cultural critic publishing in Amsterdam News and the Guardian Newspapers
- Tom Porter, cultural critic, author of "Social Roots of African American Music"
- St. Clair Bourne, award winning film maker
- Malik Edwards, Malcolm X Day Committee of Washington, D.C..
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.
Black Radical Congress
Boyd was a panel member of the June 19-21, 1998 "Black Radical Congress" conference held in Chicago, which had "over 2,000 participants".. 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
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:
- Markus Wolff - "notorious East German spymaster and Stasi (secret political police) officer Markus Wolff" 
- Howard Zinn - no. id. Secret member of the CPUSA and supporting of just about every communist party/front in the US, no matter how large or small.
- Harry Belafonte - no id. Longtime communist sympathizer and CPUSA supporter, among other groups
- Timuel D. Black - Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (a CPUSA created front), Retired Professor of Social Sciences, Chicago, Ill. Also a key member of the black communist/Marxist and sympathizers elite in Chicago politics, as well as in the Barack Obama political support organization. See his KW page for more details.
- Congressman Danny Davis - 7th District Illinois, U.S. House of Representatives, Chicago, Ill. and longtime CPUSA supporter. Longtime Obama supporter. See KW for more.
- Arlo Guthrie - no id. Folksinger, leftist radical, and son of the late CPUSA member and singer, Woody Guthrie
- Cynthia McKinney - no id. The far-left, anti-Semitic former congresswoman from Georgia.
- Mark Rudd - Albuquerque, New Mexico. Former Marxist extremist leader of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and its terrorist arm, the Weather Underground Organization (WUO) aka "The Weathermen".
- Many black Marxist/communist professors
- John Trudell - Writer, Minneapolis, MN - hardcore Marxist leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM) front, the International Treaty Council
- Alice Walker - Marxist, pro-Castro activist and writer
- Yuri Kochiyama - Republic of New Afrika (RNA), Oakland, CA. The RAM was created as a Maoist organization and wanted to get 5 southern states to form their own black nation.
Initiators include (list in formation):
- Bill Ayers, activist, educator
- Herb Boyd, activist, author, journalist and teacher
- Isabel Cardenas, Salvadoran-American activist, Los Angeles
- Carl Dix, founding member, Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
- Niles Eldredge, evolutionary biologist
- Charles Gaines, visual artist
- Henry Giroux
- Chase Iron Eyes
- Everett Iron Eyes, Sr., Water Administrator, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
- Robin D. G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA*
- Fran Luck, Executive Producer of Joy of Resistance, Multicultural Feminist Radio at WBAI
- PZ Myers, evolutionary developmental biologist
- Arturo O’Farrill, composer and musician
- Milton Saier, PhD, Professor of Molecular Biology, UCSD*
- Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park Five
- Ted Sirota, jazz musician
- Sunsara Taylor, writer, Revolution Newspaper
- Cornel West, writer, professor
- Michael A. Wood, Jr.
- Rev. Frank Wulf, United Methodist minister
- Andy Zee, spokesperson, Revolution Books
- David Zeiger, filmmaker
- Second Annual Socialist Scholars Conference program.
- SSE Tenth Annual Conference Program, 1992
- "The Black Scholar", a Journal of Black Studies and Research, Fall/Winter 1998, Volume 28, No. 3/4, inside cover page
- The Black Scholar
- "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