The History of African-Americans’ Organized Resistance to Racism and Oppression
Free Monthly meeting, 1-hour Zoom presentation
Saturday, February 20, 2021
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Stan Oden
Political Science Professor and Author
The Black community has been severely impacted by historic under-representation as well as by racism and oppression. Historically, African-Americans have used a variety of vehicles to mount an organized resistance against the forces of oppression. Learn how historic Black under-representation in power relationships has impacted the African-American community.
The methods used in organizing ourselves in opposition are relevant in current issues related to Black history. Dr. Oden is a Political Science professor at CSU, Sacramento, and the author of a number of books and essays on the sociopolitical history of under-represented groups in the U.S. and in California.
Dr. Stanley Oden is a native of San Diego, California, where he was raised by very successful parents who, during his formative years, were also community and political activists. Following his parents’ lead, Oden spent many years living and working as a civil rights activist in the Oakland/Berkeley community in California, where he was also an early member of the Black Panther Party. He is a graduate of U.C. Davis where, in the late 1960s, he was one of only 10 Black students in a student population of over 40,000. He later went on to earn a Ph.D. in sociology from U.C. Santa Cruz. Dr. Oden currently teaches political science at California State University, Sacramento. He is the author of two major works treating issues related to the unfolding roles of minority communities in U.S. history as well as in California history:
California Politics: Shifting Majorities, Emerging Minorities (2005) and Rivers of Struggle and
Resistance: A Social Political History of the Underrepresented in the United States (2010).
Additionally, he is the author of a number of published essays dealing with social justice in America.
Dr. Oden is the proud father of several grown children, who have followed in the Oden family tradition of community service, political activism, and professional excellence.