July 10, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Leadership Academy announces it will present two events this week with educator and activist Brian Jones, who will perform a one-man play, “Marx in Soho,” on Friday, July 14, and speak on “Educating for Social Justice in the Trump Era,” on Saturday, July 15.

Jones has performed “Marx in Soho” around the United States since 1999. Written by American historian Howard Zinn, the play is about the life of 19th-century philosopher Karl Marx. Set in New York City, the premise of this one-man performance is that history’s most famous, and oft-misrepresented, radical is resurrected after agitating with the authorities of the afterlife to clear his name. Through a bureaucratic error, however, Marx lands in modern-day Soho, New York, rather than his old stomping ground in London, to make his case.

“Marx in Soho” will take place on Friday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall, room 218. Jones’ lecture, “Educating for Social Justice in the Trump Era,” will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, also in Murdock Hall, room 218.

Both events are free and open to the public, but require an RSVP to Dr. Daniel Rapp, MCLA education professor, at (413) 662-5197 or

Jones, a doctoral candidate in Urban Education at the City University of New York Graduate Center, taught elementary school for nine years in New York City’s public schools. His dissertation research examines the 1960s student movement at Tuskegee University in Alabama.

He was the Green Party’s 2014 candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York, co-narrated the film, “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman,” and has contributed to several books, including “What’s Race Got To Do With It?” “How Current School Reform Policy Maintains Racial” and “Economic Inequality.”

Jones’ commentary and writing have been featured in a wide range of forums, including MSNBC, the New York Times Room for Debate Blog, Democracy Now!, the International Socialist Review, and a forthcoming article in the Journal of Negro Education.

He is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the City University of New York and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
The goal of MCLA’s Leadership Academy is to prepare future leaders of educational institutions to shape visions based on equity and justice, and to create communities that honor diversity, sanctuary, and resilence.
For more information, contact Dr. Daniel Rapp, (413) 662-5197, or .
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