The Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM), a Black Nationalist and pan-African organization, was formed in 1962 by students at Central State College. It later became one of the first casualties of the FBI’s Counter-Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO).
On Thursday September 26, 2013 at 6 p.m., two of America's most controversial activists — Dr. John H. Bracey, Jr. and Dr. Muhammad Ahmad — will speak at the AAAS Community Extension Center, 905 Mount Vernon Avenue. Sometimes referred to as "enemies of the state," the former members will discuss their involvement in the Revolutionary Action Movement. A question and answer session will follow.
The first community chapter of RAM was formed in Philadelphia by a collective with close ties with Malcolm X. Members engaged in voter registration drives, organized local economic boycotts, and held free history classes. The group soon expanded its efforts, supporting demonstrations in the southern U.S. to end segregation and fighting to eliminate police brutality against the African-American community.
RAM had chapters in major cities across the U.S. who were active in the struggles for Black self-determination in education, culture, organized labor, and politics. The group was also influential in establishing Black Studies programs and departments in universities around the country.
This event is free and open to everyone. For more information, visit http://aaascec.osu.edu/ or call the African American and African Studies Community Extension Center at (614) 292-3922.