Yohuru Williams

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Yohuru Williams is an education activist and professor of history and dean at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He was previously a professor at Fairfield University and former chief historian of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Williams is a noted scholar of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power movement. Diverse magazine named Williams one of its Top 10 Emerging Scholars under 40 in 2009. Follow him on twitter at @YohuruWilliams.

He is the author, editor, or co-editor of several books, including Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven (Blackwell, 2006), Teaching Beyond the Textbook: Six Investigative Strategies (Corwin Press, 2008), and Liberated Territory: Toward a Local History of the Black Panther Party (Duke, 2008). He also served as general editor for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s 2002 and 2003 Black History Month publications, The Color Line Revisited (Tapestry Press, 2002) and The Souls of Black Folks: Centennial Reflections (Africa World Press, 2003). 

Seeking perspective on the current chaotic state of U.S. politics, I reread a powerful speech delivered fifty years ago by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. more

Oct 6, 2017 2:29 PM Dispatches


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Trump is acting as chief enabler, sculpting in careless words and actions his own monument to intolerance. more

Aug 18, 2017 11:32 AM Dispatches 1 Comments

Opposition to removing Confederate monuments like that of General P.G.T. Beauregard reveals deep bigotry and perpetuates our acceptance of racial slavery. Last week New Orleans took a step to redress these sins by removing Beauregard's monument. more

May 25, 2017 11:22 AM Op-Eds



Our evolving standards of decency marking the progress of a maturing society can be measured not only in how we punish but what we commemorate. more

May 23, 2017 1:36 PM Dispatches 1 Comments

Organized to confront police brutality, the movement was mischaracterized by the press as anti-white. Are we at risk of doing the same to the Black Lives Matter movement today? more

Oct 27, 2016 2:18 PM Dispatches

Washington has inspired teachers to act in solidarity with their students. more

Oct 18, 2016 2:13 PM Dispatches

While it seeks to claim the mantle of the movement and Dr. King’s legacy, corporate education reform is rooted in fear, fired by competition and driven by division. more

Jan 16, 2015 6:05 PM Magazine

When Yousafzai left the White House, she was whisked away to speak at the exclusive private school that the President’s daughters and other children of privilege attend. Despite our insistence on democracy and justice abroad, both are faili... more

Dec 18, 2014 6:20 PM Op-Eds 4 Comments