George Jackson in the Sun of Palestine

George Jackson in the Sun of Palestine

For George Jackson, like many Black revolutionaries, prison was a place of both political captivity and radical education. Less well-known is the fact that Jackson also turned to the Palestinian struggle for inspiration during this time, and that the Palestinian prisoner writings that influenced him would continue to have an impact in the US Black community for decades to come. That encounter has now inspired an exhibition that highlights the historic and continuing kinship between the Palestinian and Black American prisoners’ movements. Curated by Tufts University’s English and Africana studies professor Greg Thomas, George Jackson in the Sun of Palestine features international book covers, paintings, political posters and other works tied to Jackson’s life and the US prisoners movement. Prof. Greg Thomas points to a common language shared by Black Americans and Palestinians, for whom widespread incarceration of their communities is not an issue of crime and punishment, but the result of a system designed to punish them for their very presence.

Free entrance.