New Book

NEW FROM VERSO: Futures of Black Radicalism

19th Sep 2017


“The need for radical thinking has never been more evident. To this end, this book is not just a gift; it is a necessity.” – Harry Belafonte, singer, actor, activist.

With racial justice struggles on the rise, a probing collection considers the past and future of Black radicalism


Black rebellion has returned. Dramatic protests have risen up in scores of cities and campuses; there is renewed engagement with the history of Black radical movements and thought. Here, key intellectuals—inspired by the new movements and by the seminal work of the scholar Cedric J. Robinson—recall the powerful tradition of Black radicalism while defining new directions for the activists and thinkers it inspires.

In a time when activists in Ferguson, Palestine, Baltimore, and Hong Kong immediately connect across vast distances, this book makes clear that new Black radical politics is thoroughly internationalist and redraws the links between Black resistance and anti-capitalism. Featuring the key voices in this new intellectual wave, this collection outlines one of the most vibrant areas of thought today.

With contributions from Greg Burris, Jordan T. Camp, Angela Davis, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Avery F. Gordon, Stefano Harney, Christina Heatherton, Robin D.G. Kelley, George Lipsitz, Fred Moten, Paul Ortiz, Steven Osuna, Kwame M. Phillips, Shana L. Redmond, Cedric J. Robinson, Elizabeth P. Robinson, Nikhil Pal Singh, Damien M. Sojoyner, Darryl C. Thomas, and Françoise Vergès.


“Cedric Robinson was a towering intellectual and courageous activist in the grand tradition of W.E.B Du Bois. In these bleak times, it is imperative to keep his legacy alive and build on his work and witness. This book meets this imperative in a powerful way!”

– Cornel West, author of The Radical King

“An astonishing gathering of essays and interviews featuring leading emerging radical intellectuals.”

– David Roediger, author of Class, Race, and Marxism  


PAPERBACK: August 2017 / 272 pages / ISBN 9781784787585 / $29.95 / £19.99 / $39.99 (Canada)

HARDBACK: April 2017 / 272 pages / ISBN 9781786632821 / $90/00 / £60.00 / $119.00 (Canada)