Garrett Felber is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Mississippi. He holds a B.A. from Kalamazoo College in English and American Studies, an M.A. from Columbia University in African-American Studies, and a PhD from the University of Michigan in American Culture. He is the co-author of The Portable Malcolm X Reader (Penguin Books, 2013) with Manning Marable. He is author of the forthcoming book, “Those Who Know Don’t Say”: The Nation of Islam and the Politics of Black Nationalism. The book is a political history of the Nation of Islam which recenters the role of black nationalism and prison organizing in the postwar Black Freedom Movement. He is also editing a collection of writings by former political prisoner Martin Sostre entitled We Are All Political Prisoners: The Writings of Martin Gonzalez Sostre. His article, “Shades of Mississippi: The Nation of Islam’s Prison Organizing, the Carceral State, and the Black Freedom Struggle,” was a finalist for the Organization of American Historians’ Louis Pelzer Memorial Award and is forthcoming in the Journal of American History in 2018. He has been published in the Journal of African American History, SOULS, and South African Music Studies, and has contributed to Black Perspectives, the Boston Review, The Guardian, The Marshall Project, Process, and Viewpoint Magazine. His research has been supported by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the African American Intellectual History Society, the New York State Archives, and the Huntington Library. He is the founder of Liberation Literacy, an organization dedicated to building social justice literacy and reimagining community through education and conversation inside and outside of prisons in Portland, OR.
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