Dr. Michael Simanga is an activist scholar, writer, and artist. He grew up in Detroit in the whirlwind of change wrought by the Civil Rights, Black Power, and Black Arts movements. He was active in the Detroit student movement and later became an organizer with the Congress of African People led by poet Amiri Baraka. Simanga was also active in the National Black Political Convention, the African Liberation Support Committee, the Anti-Apartheid Movement, and independent schools movement. He spent several years working and organizing in the United Auto Workers and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. He moved to Atlanta in 1980 and has remained active in social-justice work and the arts. Dr. Simanga has written or edited seven books, including Amiri Baraka and the Congress of African People; No One Can Be At Peace Unless They Have Freedom; and 44 on 44: Forty-four Black Writers on the Election of the 44th President Barack Obama. He currently teaches Africana Studies at Morehouse College.
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