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Dr. Yohuru R. Williams

Professor of History
o: Canisius Hall Rm 323
p: x2322


By Any Dreams Necessary, Malcolm X and the Problem of High Stakes Testing

Dr. Yohuru Williams, Professor of History, authors an insightful article on the life of Malcolm X and lingering issues in the education system.

Published in Huffington Post on 2/10/15

– Principal: ‘There comes a time when rules must be broken … That time is now.’

Dr. Yohuru Williams, Professor of History, argues that annual high-stakes testing feeds racial determinism and closes doors of opportunity.

Published in The Washington Post on 2/19/15

50 years ago, Marine combat unit landed in Vietnam

Dr. Yohuru Williams shares his thoughts on the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. involvement in the war in Vietnam.

Published in Stars and Stripes on 2/8/15


“Choking on the Truth: Race, Justice, and the Thin Blue Line”

Dr. Yohuru Williams, associate vice president for academic affairs, discusses the history of the national debate on police and excessive force and the recent grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York. “Sympathy can not be found in empty expressions of grief for their loss, but the impetus for real change that must begin with a hard look at the entire criminal justice system in the United States and a move toward real reform if not whole scale revision.”

Published in The Huffington Post on 12/8/14

Greenwich house, once home to escaped slave, joins Connecticut Freedom Trail

"One of the things that Connecticut at that time did is it provided for jury trials for escaped slaves," said Dr. Yohuru Williams, a history professor and associate vice president of academic affairs at Fairfield University. "That would've made it possible for slaves to present evidence to demonstrate their liberty and to testify against their captors, which would've put slave catchers in great jeopardy. Slave catchers didn't want to run risk of being arrested or even incarcerated."

Published in the Stamford Advocate on  9/13/14