Rod Bush


Remembering the Activist, Mentor and Scholar at the Left Forum

Eminent sociologist, dedicated professor and beloved family man Rod Bush passed away on December 5, 2013. "Throughout his life Rod embraced and exemplified a passionate commitment to social justice and black liberation. He knew and practiced this as a collective endeavor. He was a member of, among others, the Movement for African American Unity, the Congress of African People, the Student Organization for Black Unity/Youth Organization for Black Unity, the African Liberation Support Committee, the Revolutionary Workers League, the Black Radical Congress and most recently, a board member of the Left Forum."*

Comrades, colleagues and friends of Rod Bush have created two panels at the Left Forum celebrating his life and legacy. Please join us.

TOPIC: Between Black Nationalism and Black Internationalism: The Life, Labor and Legacy of Rod Bush
Saturday May 31 3:20-4:50
540 West 59 Street - Room L2.82
This panel explores the work of the late Rod Bush, placing him between the two great poles in the black radical tradition in which he moved and had his being, intellectually and politically, namely black nationalism and black internationalism.
Michael West Chair, Binghamton University, Robyn Spencer Lehman College, Komozi Woodard Sarah Lawrence College, Charles Pinderhughes Essex County College, Jarvis Rucker Independent scholar.

TOPIC: The Revolutionary as Mentor: The Role of Rod Bush in Building Activism
WHEN: Saturday May 31 5:00-6:50
WHERE: 540 West 59 Street - Room L2.82
ABSTRACT: Rod Bush (1945-2013), a Professor of Sociology at St. John's University and an Activist Scholar who played a leading role in the Revolutionary activities of the 1970s struggle for Freedom, Justice, Equality, and Change, played a critical role in mentoring students both at St. John's University and other institutions. This panel will critically examine his role as mentor in critical revolutionary consciousness and praxis.
PARTICIPANTS: Immanuel Ness Chair, Alicia Arrington St. John's University, Rose Brewer University of Minnesota, Luca Delbello St. John's University,Dan Douglas CUNY Graduate Center, Christina S. Santiago New School For Social Research, Godfrey Vincent Tuskegee University.

Future Events

A Community Memorial will be held on Sunday, June 8th, 4 pm at Flatbush Reformed Church (corner of Church and Flatbush Avenues). For more information and to RSVP:

Panels related to Dr. Bush’s scholarship and practice will be held at the Critical Sociology conference in San Francisco, on August 18th.

A website has been created with access to Dr. Bush's writings, and as a place to share note reflections, tributes and letters to Dr. Bush or to upload photos or videos of him. Please visit and sign up to stay in touch.

For more information on these activities or to become involved in the project to sustain the engagement of Dr. Bush’s life work, please email Dr. Melanie Bush at