Guest Speakers

Spring 2019 Guest Speakers
Updated 3/19/2019

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.

Wednesday February 20: Lamont OyeWale Badru. Executive Director of the Yonkers Community Governance and Development Council.

LaMont (Wale’) Badru is the founder of CGDCNY. LaMont is a professional community organizer, community economic development strategist, and a lifelong resident of South Yonkers. As a student at Lehman College, Lamont was the founder and president of the Black Student Union and a Student Senator. In his capacity as a student leader, he led the successful initiative to create Lehman’s new minor in Urban Community Development, which was the first student initiated academic program at Lehman College in over 30 years. Lamont went on to become an organizer for a housing policy organization in the Bronx called ‘Picture The Homeless‘ before deciding to dedicate his energy and passion for community development to his home community of South Yonkers.

Wednesday March 27: Dequi Kioni-Sadiki and Sekou Odinga 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.

Wednesday April 10: Fela Barclift on child development and the Black community. Barclift is the founder and director of Little Sun People, Inc. and completed her undergraduate work in Education at Brooklyn College and attained her Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision at Bank Street College.

While serving as director at Little Sun People Fela also assumed the leadership of a second community early childhood institution: Little Sun People, Too!, a fully funded city day care center also located in Bedford-Stuyvesant until city funding programs were merged into large corporate agencies.

Fela is also a passionate Bedford-Stuyvesant community activist and continues to contribute by fostering alliances between small business owners and volunteering to assist community members whenever and however possible.  Fela serves on the Board of Directors for Child Development Support Corporation, and Little Sun People, Inc. and is a member of NAACP and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Fela routinely takes part in trainings, classes, and educational conferences in order to refresh her knowledge of current practice and policy as well as emerging trends in early childhood education.

Past Speakers and Topics

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.