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QBR / C-SPAN PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard @ West 135th Street
Langston Hughes Auditorium


THE STATE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERACY and EDUCATION

Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President, United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

VENUE: Schomburg/Langston Hughes Auditorium
11:00a - 11:30a

 

     Dr. Michael L. Lomax, the president of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), delivers the state of African American literacy – a view that manifests from his experience as an advocate of quality education for all Americans.  The address not only reports on the condition of the nation, but will also allow the president to outline his agenda and national priorities.
     Throughout his career, Dr. Michael L. Lomax has worked to provide educational opportunities for underrepresented Americans. As president and CEO of UNCF, he oversees UNCF’s 400 scholarship programs, including the UNCF Gates Millennium Scholars Program, a 20-year, $1.6 billion program whose 14,000 low-income minority recipients have a 90 percent college graduation rate. He also launched the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building, which helps UNCF's 39 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) become stronger, more effective and more self-sustaining in such critical areas as fund-raising and building strong academic programs that prepare their students for careers in the global economy.



MANNING MARABLE’S MALCOLM X: LIVING BLACK HISTORY IN THE 21ST CENTURY

VENUE: Schomburg/Hughes Auditorium
11:40a - 12:55p

 

This panel discusses the landmark publication of the late Columbia University Black Studies scholar Manning Marable’s biography, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. This historical biography of Malcolm X deconstructs the myth behind the legend of Detroit Red; speculates that the young Malcolm may have had a homosexual affair; reveals for the first time tensions in Malcolm’s marriage to Betty Shabazz; and argues that the botched assassination investigation allowed four of Malcolm’s killers to go free.  Beyond titillating or controversial discoveries, this new Malcolm X biography weaves together a stunning array of archival material that places the man within the context of postwar America’s unfolding racial, political, and religious landscape. Topics that will be discussed include: The Autobiography of Malcolm X vs. the Historical Malcolm; Malcolm X’s transformation from Detroit Red into a Muslim Minister; the organizing prowess that helped transform the Nation of Islam; Malcolm’s deeply ingrained sexism; Malcolm’s religious transformation and trips to Africa and the Middle East; Malcolm as a civil rights renegade and Black Power icon; Malcolm as a human rights advocate.

 

MODERATOR: Yohuru Williams, Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Black Panthers in New Haven
PANELISTS: Herb Boyd, Civil Rights: Yesterday and Today; Peniel Joseph, Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama; Zaheer Ali, lead researcher for Marable's Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention , Sonia Sanchez, social activist.

 

Book signing immediately following discussion. 



BLACK WEALTH PAST AND PRESENT: THE POLITICS OF BLACK WEALTH

VENUE: Schomburg/Langston Hughes Auditorium
TIME: 1:05p - 2:20p

 

Carol Jenkins, (Black Titan, A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire) a writer and producer, is an Emmy award winning former WNBC-TV television anchor and correspondent, and the founding president of the Women’s Media Center. She is an executive producer of the PBS documentary, What I Want My Words To Do To You, which won The Freedom of Expression Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003. Carol Jenkins enjoyed a 30 year, award-winning tenure with several New York City news departments, including 23 years at WNBC-TV, where she co-anchored the pivotal 6 p.m. newscast. She was most identified with her reporting of national political stories, including from the floor of Democratic and Republican national conventions that yielded Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton.

 

Dr. Julianne Malveaux (Survivig and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History) is the 15th President of Bennett College for Women. Recognized for her progressive and insightful observations, she is also an economist, author and commentator, and has been described by Dr. Cornel West as “the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country.” Dr. Malveaux’s contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender, and their economic impacts, are shaping public opinion in 21st century America.

 

Book signing immediately following discussion. 



ON THE REAL SIDE: AN UNCENSORED HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HUMOR

VENUE: /Hughes Auditorium
2:30p - 3:45p

 

MODERATOR: Dr. Carlton E. Brown, President, Clark Atlanta University
PANELISTS: Mel Watkins, On The Real Side: The History of African American Comedy; Sabrina Lamb, A Kettle of Vultures...Left Beak Marks On My Forehead; Larry Wilmore, I’d Rather We Got Casinos…and Other Black Thoughts; Jam Donaldson, Conversate Is Not A Word

 

African American satirical literature has long held historical, cultural and political relevance in America. This panel will trace African American humor from its African roots through slavery to the present. Discussion will include its public expression on stage, screen, radio and television and it’s unfolding in the black community. Current satirical voices in this burgeoning field round out this insightful and humorous panel.

 

Book signing immediately following discussion. 



AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY: TRIUMPH AGAINST THE GRAIN

VENUE: Schomburg/Langston Hughes Auditorium
TIME: 3:55p – 5:10p

 

MODERATOR: Cheryl Wills, New York 1 News television anchor and author of the historical family biography Die Free: A Heroic Family History
PANELISTS: Carla L. Peterson. Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americas in Nineteenth-Century New York City; Gregory Jones, JOB: A Man For His Time; Craig Williams, The Olympian: An American Triumph; Mark Johnson, The Andy Johnson Harlem Globetrotter/NBA Story; Dan Charnas, The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop

This panel will showcase examples of achievement and triumph in a wide variety of fields from 1840 to the present: New York City’s black entrepreneurs and professional men James McCune Smith, Philip A. White, and Peter Williams Ray, 1840-1890; black track star and Olympian, John Taylor, 1882-1908; and Andy Johnson, who along with Bill Russell, was one of the first black players to join the NBA. The discussion will be girded by the challenges of the biblical character, Job.

 

Book signing immediately following discussion. 



THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S EARLY YEARS: A CRITIQUE

VENUE: Schomburg/Langston Hughes Auditorium
TIME: 5:20 – 6:35p
 
Moderator: Donald Cunnigen (Co-Editor, Race in the Age of Obama)
Panelists: Wornie Reed, 'Social Justice in the Age of Obama'; Yvonne Newsome, 'Has Change Really Come to America  A Black Feminist Critique of Barack Obama's Social Justice Agenda', Hayward Derrick Horton, ‘Racial Differences in the Perception of Racial Equality in the Obama Era’; Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, ‘Outsiders Within the Higher Circles: Two First Ladies as Cultural Icons in a Racialized Politics of Difference’; Deborah K. King, ‘Mom-in-Chief:  Community Othermothering and Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the People’s House’; Dr. Johnny B. Hill, The First Black President: Barack Obama, Race, Politics, and the American Dream

 

The election of Barack Obama was hailed as an entry into a post-racial society. However, events during his election and the early years of his presidency have highlighted the saliency of race and race relations as an important part of the political and social landscape in the United States. This panel session will examine some critical domestic issues related to the Obama Administration and race relations such as social justice issues and the changing role and impact of an African-American First Family and First Lady.

 

Book signing immediately following discussion. 

 

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