Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin is an American writer, activist and black anarchist. He is a former member of SNCC, the Black Panther Party and Concerned Citizens for Justice. Following an attempt to frame him on weapons charges and for threatening the life of a Ku Klux Klan leader, Ervin hijacked a plane to Cuba in February 1969. While in Cuba, and later Czechoslovakia, Ervin grew disillusioned with the authoritarianism of state socialism. Captured by the CIA in Eastern Europe, he was extradited to the US, put on trial and sentenced to life in prison in 1970. He was introduced to anarchism whilst in prison, inspiring him to write Anarchism and the Black Revolution in 1979. Released after 15 years, Ervin remains politically active.
Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin
A revolutionary classic written by a living legend of Black Liberation
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin has changed the world. William C. Anderson recounts the life of the Black anarchist who hijacked a plane to Cuba to escape political persecution at the hands of the US state,...Read full article
JoNina Ervin speaks to Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin and William C. Anderson about Black anarchism, in a special collaboration with the Black Autonomy Podcast.Read full article
Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin lists the numerous ways a new revolutionary protest movement could be built.Read full article