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Distinguished Black Power historian to present public lecture

Posted March 18, 2015
By Media & Civil Rights History Symposium


Dr. Peniel Joseph, known as a "dean of black power studies," will present a free public lecture to the community on Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church, 801 Washington Street.

The presentation is sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, in conjunction with the Media & Civil Rights History Symposium, April 2-4.

Joseph’s latest book is Stokely: A Life. He is also author of Waiting ’Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama. The distinguished Tufts University scholar has asked historians to examine how black power "sought to reshape long-standing notions of citizenship, identity, and democracy."

Dr. Joseph is a frequent observer on issues of race, democracy, and civil rights whose commentary has been featured on National Public Radio, The Colbert Report, PBS, and MSNBC.  His articles, op-eds, and book reviews have been published in newspapers including The Washington Post and The New York Times.

The recipient of fellowships from Harvard University's Charles Warren Center, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Ford Foundation, Professor Joseph's essays have appeared in The Journal of American History, The Chronicle Review, The Black Scholar, Souls, and American Historical Review. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

He will be the keynote speaker at the symposium on April 3.