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Speaker to Address Plight of Black Males in America at Africana Studies Seminar on Sept. 11 at The College of Wooster

UPublish story by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Zachery Williams, associate professor of African American History at the University of Akron, will present "How Does It Feel to Be A Problem?: Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and the Continuing Dual Dilemma of Black Males and Men in America" at the first Africana Studies Seminar of the fall semester on Thursday, Sept. 11, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 11 a.m. in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.).


Williams, who earned his Ph.D. in history at Bowling Green State University, focuses his research on the religious history of African American men in the United States as well as the evolution of black liberation theology in the modern black church, and the development of a distinctive African American policy history. He is the author of In Search of the Talented Tenth: Howard University Intellectuals and the Dilemmas of Race in Academia, 1926-1970 and editor of Africana Cultures and Policy Studies: Scholarship and the Transformation of Public Policy. His articles have appeared in the Journal of American Studies of Turkey, the Journal of African American Men, Journal of Religious Thought, and the Journal of Pan African Studies. He is co-founder and executive director of the Africana Cultures and Policy Studies Institute, coordinator of the Institute of the Black World Research Consortium, and a Fellow with the Center for American Progress Leadership Institute.


Additional information about Williams’ address is available by phone (330-263-2044) or e-mail (

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