Moderated by Dr. Zebulon Miletsky, Assistant Professor of Black Studies, University of Nebraska at Omaha. Professor Bill Strickland teaches political science in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is also the Director of the Du Bois Papers Collection. Professor Strickland is a founding member of the independent black think tank, the Institute of the Black World, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Strickland was a consultant to both series of the prize-winning documentary on the civil rights movement, Eyes on the Prize , and the senior consultant on the PBS documentary, Malcolm X : Make It Plain. He also wrote the companion book. Bill Strickland was head of the Northern Student Movement, which was the Northern counterpart to SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee). One of his accomplishments while serving in that position was arranging a meeting between Malcolm X and Fannie Lou Hamer when the MFDP (Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party) came to Harlem. Strickland has been a sharp and caustic critic of American racism and imperialism, through his work as a Political Scientist and Historian. He is in the best tradition of Black Studies, the movement veteran and intellectual scholar/professor, engaged in the struggle while simultaneously providing the highest level of analysis on most any topic in the field.

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