Malcolm Suber

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Malcolm Suber

Malcolm Suber is a professor at Southern University at New Orleans. Married to Laverda Suber.


  • Studied at Morehouse College
  • Went to Central Lafourche High School
  • Went to Whitmire High School


In early May, 1980, the 5th Plenum of the First Central Committee of the Communist Party USA (Marxist-Leninist) was convened. The main attention of the Plenum was focused on a detailed and scientific discussion of the history, tenets and motion of the Carter Doctrine and on the relative position of U.S. imperialism in the world today. Among the other points discussed was the Party’s continuing campaign Defeat the ’Left’ in order to Fight Right Deviations from Marxism-Leninism. This has taken place in the wake of the expulsion of the ’left’ liquidationist faction led by Albert Thrasher of Birmingham and Malcolm Suber of New Orleans.[1]

One year ago in October 1979, an ultra-left faction emerged in Southern Region of the Party, headed by Albert Thrasher of Birmingham and Malcolm Suber New Orleans. Subsequent events have demonstrated that they were counter-revolutionary infiltrators who entered the Party for the sole purpose of destroying the Marxist-Leninist Party. Unable to successfully accomplish this goal, the Thrasher clique succeeded in accumulating forces and resources and engineered a split in the Party, moving to build a Maoist, ultra-left nationalist party, based mainly in the South, abandoning the majority of the industrial proletariat.[2]

"Katrina: A Challenge for the Movement"

On Oct. 22 2005 in New York, the Workers World newspaper staff hosted an important forum called "Katrina: A Challenge for the Movement: Forging a united front between the Black liberation, workers' and anti-imperialist struggles." The forum attracted an overflowing multinational crowd of progressives and activists from New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston and other areas.

The panel featured prominent African-American representatives based in New York, Raleigh and New Orleans. These leaders talked about the issues of the day from anti-racist, pro-labor, pro-community and anti-war perspectives.

Panelists were;

Malcolm Suber said,[3]

I have been in New Orleans for 27 years, leading many, many struggles of the working-class, oppressed African American nation there. I compare what happened to us in New Orleans to what happened to my ancestors when we were kidnapped and stolen from Africa. The method and means that they got us out was like us on the auction block once again. Men and women, mothers and children, sisters and brothers were split up. When you got on the bus, you didn't know where you were going. They had officers with guns and soldiers with guns on the bus. You couldn't get off of the bus.
Many of us who have been active in New Orleans decided to pull together as a united front all of those who had been active in fighting on behalf of the working class and poor people of New Orleans. And we had a meeting a week after the storm, in Baton Rouge, where we began to talk about the necessity of building a movement with supporters around the country to allow our people to get back on their feet and to return home. We have to build an action to take on the inaction of the government, which has exposed itself.

Council run

Malcolm Suber, a founder and leader of the People’s Hurricane Relief Fund in New Orleans, announced his candidacy for an at-large seat on the New Orleans City Council on Sept. 6. The election takes place on Oct. 20 2007.

Suber has been in the forefront of exposing the racist criminal neglect by local, state and federal governmental officials shown toward the majority Black population during and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Suber is a Katrina survivor.

Suber and the PHRF have also promoted Black-Brown unity in New Orleans, where there have been attempts by white-dominated corporate interests to drive a superficial wedge between Katrina survivors and immigrant workers.

Suber’s campaign will be representing the Reconstruction Party, founded in New Orleans Sept. 2. Suber’s campaign supporters include former Georgia U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney and Hip Hop artist and actor Mos Def.[4]

People’s Assembly New Orleans

In 2017, two community stalwarts, old-school Malcolm Suber and new-blood Angela Kinlaw joined forces to create the People’s Assembly New Orleans.

Currently nearly every modern democracy has an active branch of the People’s Assembly as does every major city in America. A long-time organizer, Suber is widely known as a driving force behind protests advancing a progressive liberal agenda in New Orleans. Kinlaw is an educator, a California native who migrated to New Orleans in 2006.

According to Suber, “The People’s Assembly in New Orleans is our attempt to build a grassroots, working-class organization of, by and for the working people of this city. It is important that we wake what I call the sleeping giant, the black community, to recognize that with our numbers if we were properly organized and understood our power we could control this city. We are trying to expose to the people that the priorities now followed by the rich ruling class and their lackeys are not the priorities that we as working people would pursue if we were in control. So we are asking people to join with us. Let’s take control as we improve our city.”

Together, Suber and Kinlaw lead a strong and diverse coalition of over 350 community activists, many of them leaders of additional activist groups. They meet for educational outreach sessions designed to make them better organizers. Monthly sessions feature entertaining and enlightening speakers on a wide range topics, such as effective communication and struggle.[5]

Take ‘em Down NOLA


In 2017 Malcolm Suber was the leader of Take ‘em Down NOLA;

We are fighting now for a resolution to remove all the white supremacy monuments and street names and public buildings named for the slavemasters. This is a struggle that will continue until we finish the main course.[6]

Malcolm Suber, an adjunct professor of political science at Southern University, and his group Take ‘em Down NOLA has led the push to dismantle historic Confederate monuments in New Orleans. According to The New York Times Suber is “an avowed Marxist-Leninist” – an admitted communist. reports that Suber’s Black Marxist group is “push[ing] for a much more widespread clearance of monuments, street names, school names,” etc. They have prepared a comprehensive agenda targeting essentially all White monuments or memorials in the city:

The written statement included a list of Take ‘em Down NOLA’s targets for removal or renaming. The list includes at least a dozen monuments (including the four already slated for removal by the city), 24 streets, seven school campuses and two hospitals.

These range from highly visible tributes to well-known slaveholders like the monument of Andrew Jackson and locally famed leaders of the Confederacy, such as former Louisiana Governor and Confederate General Francis T. Nicholls, for whom Governor Nicholls Street is named, to lesser-known monuments such as that dedicated to Confederate Brig. Gen. Albert Pike at Tulane Avenue and Jefferson Davis Parkway and lesser-known figures like the Rev. Benjamin Morgan Palmer…[7].

Celebrating the Bolshevik Revolution

Malcolm Suber

According to the blog All Power to the Soviets;

In October 1917, the working people of the Russian Empire stood up and took power in the first successful socialist revolution. With the Bolshevik Party playing a leading role, the workers, peasants, and oppressed peoples opened up a new chapter in the history of humanity. They showed the world that revolutionary people’s power is possible.

The New Orleans Workers Group has taken time this October to honor these heroes for the sacrifices they made towards a better future for the workers and oppressed peoples of the world. We have carried out cadre study groups, and had a showing of Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein’s landmark film, October: 10 Days that Shook the World.
We also had a lovely party and public forum on the Revolution, which included presentations on pre-revolutionary Russia, the role of the Bolshevik Party, the development of the Soviet Union in a global context, and the contemporary class struggle — all stressing the continuing need for Revolution today. Speakers included long-time revolutionary organizers Malcolm Suber and Gavrielle Gemma, as well as two young revolutionaries from south Louisiana, Quest Riggs and Gregory William.[8]


  1. [Report from the 5th Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Party U.S.A. (Marxist-Leninist) First Published: Unite!, Vol. 6, No. 9, May 15, 1980]
  2. [Report from the 6th Session of the Central Committee of the Communist Party U.S.A. (Marxist-Leninist)First Published: In two parts in Unite!, Vol. 6, No. 18, October 1, 1980, and Vol. 6, No. 20, November 1, 1980]
  3. WW Black leaders link issues to building united front By Special to Workers World New York Published Oct 25, 2005
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  8. Power to the Soviets NEW ORLEANS CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF SOCIALIST REVOLUTION Posted on November 2, 2017

Take ‘em Down NOLA