WOODSON REGIONAL LIBRARY
Dr. Richard Benson
Please join Dr. Benson as he discusses his provocative new book entitled, Fighting for Our Place in the Sun: Malcolm X and the Radicalization of the Black Student Movement 1960-1973. (Black Studies & Critical Thinking)
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2015; 6:30-8:30pm
Woodson Regional Library, Auditorium
9525 South Halsted
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This is a valuable, well-written, and well-researched book that makes a significant contribution to various fields, including Pan-Africanism and the legacy of Malcolm X. (Gerald Horne, Author, ‘The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the USA’) Richard D. Benson II is passionate about his subject and it shows. His book is a part of the growing body of literature on students in the Black Power movement, their intellectual influences, and the complex political legacy of Malcolm X. (Barbara Ramsey, Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago; Author, ‘Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement’) Richard D. Benson II’s ‘Fighting for Our Place in the Sun: Malcolm X and the Radicalization of the Black Student Movement 1960-1973′ makes a major contribution to the evolving scholarship on the Civil Rights Movement, especially its under-researched Black Power phase, and both Black nationalism and Pan-Africanism. This meticulously researched book also contributes to our understanding of Malcolm X whose legacy has not garnered the scholarly attention it deserves beyond several important biographies.
What distinguishes Benson’s treatment of Malcolm X is the focus on his educational philosophy, his impact on SNCC and the broader student movement of the sixties, his evolving gender politics, and his profound influence on the development of Black independent educational institutions. (Beverly Guy-She tall, Founding Director, Women’s Research & Resource Center, and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies, Spelman College; Co-Author (with Johnnetta Betsch Cole), ‘Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities’) Richard D. Benson II’s book will ground oft-misguided declarations about the purpose and future of historically Black colleges and universities … He connects the political and educational philosophies of Malcolm X, the Nation of Islam, SNCC, SOBU, YOBU, and a constellation of Black organizations to fashion a new interpretive lens … This remarkable and long-awaited corrective by a teacher/scholar operate[as], as Brother Malcolm did, in Black pedagogical spaces where intergenerational and Pan-African internationalist intellectual work was and is undertaken for broader human transformation. Benson has done our ancestors and current generation proud. (Greg Carr, Chair, Afro American Studies Department, Howard University)
About the Author
Scholar, author, advocate, Richard D. Benson II earned a PhD in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois-at Urbana Champaign. He travels frequently as a guest lecturer speaking on topics such as the black student movement, and school-community advocacy. Benson resides in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is Assistant Professor in the Education Studies Program at Spelman College.
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