Forman, James, 1928-2005

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Author, journalist, and civil rights leader.

From the description of James Forman papers, 1848-2005 (bulk 1961-2001). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 498421203

Biographical Note

  • 1928, Oct. 4: Born, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1947 - 1951 : Served, United States Air Force
  • 1950: Married Mary Sears (divorced 1956)
  • 1957: B.A., Roosevelt University, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1958: Attended African Research and Studies Program, Boston University, Boston, Mass.
  • 1958 - 1959 : Journalist, Chicago Defender, covering events in Little Rock, Ark.
  • 1959: Married Mildred Thompson (divorced 1965)
  • 1959 - 1960 : Attended Chicago Teachers College, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1959 - 1961 : Public school teacher, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1960: Worked with the Emergency Relief Committee of the Congress for Racial Equality, in Fayette County, Tenn. Wrote press releases for the Chicago Defender about his work with the Relief Committee
  • 1961 - 1966 : Executive secretary, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
  • 1966 - 1969 : Director, International Affairs Commission of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, New York, N.Y.
  • 1968: Minister of foreign affairs, Black Panther Party Published Liberation Viendra d'une Chose Noir. Paris: F. Maspero Published Sammy Younge, Jr.: The First Black College Student to Die in the Black Liberation Movement. New York: Grove Press
  • 1969: Gave speech about the “Black Manifesto,” Riverside Church, New York, N.Y.
  • 1969 - 1970 : Field director, Black Economic Development Conference
  • 1970: Published Political Thought of James Forman. Detroit: Black Star Publishing Co.
  • 1972: Published Law and Order. New York: T. Nelson Published Making of Black Revolutionaries: A Personal Account. New York: Macmillan
  • 1974: Founder and publisher, Black America News Service
  • 1974 - 2004 : President, Unemployment and Poverty Action Committee
  • 1980: M.A., African American Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • 1981: Founder, Washington Times Published Self-Determination and the African-American People. Seattle: Open Hand Publishing
  • 1982: Ph.D., Union of Experimental Colleges and Universities with the Institute for Policy Studies, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1983: President, Unemployed Poverty Action Council, Legal Defense, Education, and Research Fund, Inc. Candidate, school board position from Ward 1, District of Columbia
  • 1984 - 1986 : Adams-Morgan Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, District of Columbia
  • 1987: Ran unsuccessfully for Democratic Party shadow senator, District of Columbia
  • 1990: Recipient, Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom Award of the National Conference of Black America Ran unsuccessfully for Democratic Party shadow senator, District of Columbia
  • 1994: Published High Tide of Black Resistance and Other Political and Literary Writings. Seattle: Open Hand Publishing Ran unsuccessfully for Democratic Party shadow senator, District of Columbia
  • 2005, Jan. 10: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the James Forman Papers, 1848-2005, (bulk 1961-2001), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn National Conference for New Politics. Records, 1966-1968. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Durr, Virginia Foster. Papers: Series I, 1919-1988 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Civil rights collection, 1960-1972 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
creatorOf Forman, James, 1928-2005. James Forman papers, 1848-2005 (bulk 1961-2001). Library of Congress
creatorOf Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.). Atlanta Office. Executive Secretary files, 1959-1972. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Center
creatorOf Yancy, Roberta,. Civil rights collection, 1960-1972. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Rabin, Jack, 1945-. Jack Rabin collection on Alabama civil rights and southern activists, 1941-2004 (bulk 1956-1974). Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Shick, Tom W. Collected Papers, 1966-1976. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn King, Slater. Slater King papers, 1955-1968. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Center
creatorOf Mayfield, Julian, 1928-1984. Julian Mayfield papers, 1949-1984. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Julian Mayfield papers, 1949-1984 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
creatorOf James Forman Papers, 1848-2005, (bulk 1961-2001) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.). New York Office. International Affairs Commission files, 1964-1969. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Center
referencedIn Browning, Joan C. Joan C. Browning papers, 1961-1996. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
editorOf "For Freedom Now" Civil Rights Symposium United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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associatedWith Al-Amin, Jamil, 1943- person
correspondedWith Belafonte, Harry, 1927- person
correspondedWith Bellamy, Fay person
associatedWith Black Economic Development Conference. corporateBody
associatedWith Black Panther Party. corporateBody
associatedWith Black Workers Congress. corporateBody
correspondedWith Braden, Anne, 1924-2006 person
associatedWith Browning, Joan C. person
associatedWith Carmichael, Stokely. person
correspondedWith Clinton, Bill, 1946- person
associatedWith Congress of Racial Equality. corporateBody
correspondedWith Donaldson, Ivanhoe person
correspondedWith Drake, St. Clair person
associatedWith Durr, Virginia Foster. person
associatedWith Fanon, Frantz, 1925-1961. person
correspondedWith Hayden, Tom person
correspondedWith Hayden, Tom person
correspondedWith Holt, Faye person
correspondedWith Holt, Len person
associatedWith Johnson, P. Anna (Patricia Anna) person
associatedWith King, Slater. person
associatedWith March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963 : Washington, D.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Mayfield, Julian, 1928-1984. person
correspondedWith McDew, Charles person
correspondedWith McSurely, Alan, 1936- person
correspondedWith Meeks, Josie person
associatedWith Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. corporateBody
associatedWith Mississippi Freedom Labor Union. corporateBody
associatedWith Mississippi Freedom Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Mississippi Freedom Schools. corporateBody
associatedWith National Black Economic Development Conference (1969 : Detroit, Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith National Black Economic Development Conference (1969 : Detroit, Mich.) Black Manifesto. corporateBody
associatedWith National Conference for New Politics. corporateBody
associatedWith Rabin, Jack, 1945- person
correspondedWith Romilly, Constancia person
correspondedWith Sarachild, Kathie person
correspondedWith Sharpe, Monroe person
associatedWith Shick, Tom W. person
correspondedWith Stone, Donald P., 1935- person
correspondedWith Stone, Flora, person
associatedWith Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.). Atlanta Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.). New York Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Unemployed Poverty Action Council, Legal Defense, Education, and Research Fund. corporateBody
associatedWith Unemployment and Poverty Action Committee. corporateBody
correspondedWith Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989 person
associatedWith Yancy, Roberta person
associatedWith Yancy, Roberta, person
associatedWith Younge, Sammy, 1944-1966. person
correspondedWith Zellner, Dorothy person
correspondedWith Zellner, James A. person
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Central America
United States
China
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Mississippi
Middle East
Washington (D.C.)
Georgia
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Human rights
Voter registration
Black power--United States
Racism--History
African American periodicals
African American newspapers
Civil rights demonstrations--Washington (D.C.)
Civil rights demonstrations
Civil rights movements--Georgia
Civil rights
African Americans--Reparations
Black militant organizations--United States
Labor--United States
African Americans--Economic conditions
African American press
School integration--United States
Racism--United States--History
Civil rights movements--United States
African Americans--Suffrage
Civil rights movement
Human rights--United States
Civil rights--United States
School integration
Radicalism
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington, D.C., 1963
African Americans--History
Segregation
Black militant organizations
African Americans--Segregation
African Americans--Civil rights
Civil rights movements--Alabama
African Americans--Suffrage--Mississippi
Segregation--United States
Voter registration--United States
Civil rights movements--Mississippi
Radicalism--United States
Black power
African Americans--Politics and government
African Americans--Social conditions
Labor
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Birth 1928-10-04

Death 2005-01-10

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