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Garrett Felber

Garrett Felber is a professor of African American history at the University of Mississippi and author of Those Who Know Don't Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement, and the Carceral State and co-editor of The Portable Malcolm X Reader with Manning Marable. He was the lead organizer of the Making and Unmaking Mass Incarceration conference and the Project Director for the Parchman Oral History Project, a collaborative oral history, archival, and documentary storytelling project on incarceration in Mississippi. He co-founded Liberation Literacy,  an abolitionist collective and radical reading group inside and outside Oregon prisons, and spearheaded the Prison Abolition Syllabus, a collaborative reading list published by Black Perspectives which highlighted and contextualized prison strikes in 2016 and 2018.

Garrett Felber Bayard Bustin police abolition

Prison and police abolition were key to the thinking of many midcentury civil rights activists. Understanding why can help us ask for change in our own time.

Garrett Felber

Our understanding of Malcolm X is inextricably linked to his autobiography, but newly discovered materials force us to reexamine his legacy. 

Garrett Felber

Integration doesn’t guarantee equality or freedom.

Garrett Felber