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Alumnus author to speak about history of black opposition to nuclear bombs

OSWEGO — Dr. Vincent J. Intondi, who received a SUNY Oswego master of arts degree in history in 2003, will speak about and sign his book, “African Americans Against the Bomb,” in a free Black History Month presentation at 2 p.m. Feb. 23, in the college’s Marano Campus Center auditorium.

Intondi, an associate professor of history of African American history and founder of the Center for Black Studies at Montgomery College in Washington, D.C., also is director of research for American University’s Nuclear Studies Institute.

His talk will center on the story of black activists who fought for nuclear disarmament, often connecting the nuclear issue with the fight for racial equality and liberation movements around the world.

Well before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out against nuclear weapons, African Americans were protesting the bomb, Intondi wrote in his new book, whose full title is “African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism and the Black Freedom Movement.”

Black activists were among the first to protest the decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, said Intondi, a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

“From Langston Hughes through Lorraine Hansberry to President Obama, ‘African Americans Against the Bomb’ offers an eye-opening account of the continuous involvement of African Americans who recognized that the rise of nuclear weapons was a threat to the civil rights of all people,” said Intondi’s publisher, Stanford University Press.

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