Tip of the Spear: Black Radicalism, Prison Repression, and the Long Attica Revolt, written by MCF Freedom Scholar Orisanmi Burton, is a powerful book that challenges readers to think better, more precisely, and more historically about how incarcerated people draw on the Black radical tradition for strength, inspiration, and strategy in the ongoing struggle for autonomy, liberation, and revolution.
This event is part of our MCF Book Club: Reading for a Liberated Future series. The MCF Book Club shares the ideas of leaders who encourage us to imagine how we can radically transform our democracy, economy, and society.
Dr. Orisanmi Burton is an assistant professor at American University in Washington, D.C. As a social anthropologist, he explores the collision of Black-led movements for social, political, and economic transformation with the state infrastructures of militarized policing, surveillance, and imprisonment. His book, Tip of the Spear, was published in October 2023 by the University of California Press. Dr. Burton is a 2021 Marguerite Casey Freedom Scholar.
Emani Davis is the founder and executive director of The Omowale Project and was born into the racial justice movement as a child directly impacted by the incarceration of her father, freedom fighter Jomo Omowale. An activist in her own right, Emani came of age at protests and policy debates. In the summer of 2020, in response to the acute suffering and ongoing retraumatization of her community, she established The Omowale Project—an offering in response to an unprecedented outcry carrying both immense opportunity and pressing demand for transformation.