Guest Speakers

Spring 2022 Guest Speakers
Updated 1/19/2022

There will be several activists visiting the class during the semester to discuss their approach to working in the Black community for the benefit of the people, the issues they face in their work, and how we can deal practically with them. Guests from inside and outside the Lehman College community are welcome to visit on these days, but please RSVP with the instructor at hank [dot] williams [at] lehman [dot] cuny [dot] edu since the classroom is small. Location info is on the home page; instructor contact info is on the “about” page.

This semester’s speakers to be announced

Past Speakers and Topics

Spring 2019

There will be several activists visiting the class during the semester to discuss their approach to working in the Black community for the benefit of the people, the issues they face in their work, and how we can deal practically with them. Guests from inside and outside the Lehman College community are welcome to visit on these days, but please RSVP with the instructor at hank [dot] williams [at] lehman [dot] cuny [dot] edu since the classroom is small. Location info is on the home page; instructor contact info is on the “about” page.

Lamont OyeWale Badru. Executive Director of the Yonkers Community Governance and Development Council.

Dequi Kioni-Sadiki and Sekou Odinga on freeing our political prisoners. Sis. Dequi is co-host of Where We Live on WBAI Radio.

Fela Barclift on child development and the Black community. Barclift is the founder and director of Little Sun People, Inc.

Spring 2018

Wednesday, March 14: Guest speakers –Mdut Sshr Ankh and Mut Nfr Ka Ra on culturally orienting youth.

Wednesday April 18: Guest speaker– Sam Anderson of Black New Yorkers for Educational Excellence on the education of Black children.

Spring 2017

February 23, 2017: Roundtable of political organizers discussing their community work. Representatives from People Power Movement, Yonkers Community Development and Governance Council, CUNY student civil rights attorney, others TBA.

Thursday, March 16: Guest speakers –Mdut Sshr Ankh and Mut Nfr Ka Ra on culturally orienting youth.

Thursday, May 4: Roger Wareham of the December 12th Movement on Reparations and community work

Spring 2015 Guest Speakers

Dr_McThursday February 26th 2015: Dr. James McIntosh, co-chair of CEMOTAP: the Committee to End Media Offensive to African People; member of the Board of Education for People of African Ancestry (BEPAA); Other guests TBA. Note: class meets offsite at the Dr. John Henrik Clarke House: 286 Convent Ave (near 141 St.) Manhattan.
Full details here.

dequiThursday, March 26 2015: Dequi Kioni-Sadiki on freeing our political prisoners. Sis. Dequi is co-host of Where We Liveon WBAI Radio. Dequi has been active in the struggles against police violence, justice, tuition hikes and womyn’s reproductive rights. She is a former member of the Black Panther Collective, the NYC Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition, and now serves as co-chair of the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee of which Baba Herman Ferguson serves as Chairman Emeritus. Dequi is a graduate of CUNY at Medgar Evers College (where she currently teaches a course) and the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education at Queens College. She served as national co-chair of the People of African Descent Caucus for the Washington, DC-based United States Student Association, and currently works with the NYC Jericho Movement in the campaign to free United States political prisoners and prisoners of war. Dequi is an artist, poet, public speaker, and educator for liberation.

Thursday, April 16 2015: Rites of Passage programs for youth development.

Cleo Silvers
Topic: Health and Health care in the Black community

Bro. Zayid Muhammad
Malcolm X Commemoration Committee and New Black Panther Party

nellie_baileyTuesday, November 19: Nellie Bailey of the Harlem Tenants Council on Harlem as a case study of the political economy of gentrification in the Black community.