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Dr. Yohuru R. Williams

Professor of History
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The Kennedys and Martin Luther King

Dr. Yohuru Williams, professor of history, considers the intertwined legacies of the Kennedys and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Appeared on AllVoices on 11/26/13

Civil rights and youth mentoring

Dr. Yohuru Williams, professor of history and chair of Black Studies, moderated a panel discussion with members of the Little Rock Nine as part of the March on Washington Youth Mentoring Summit. "In order to learn how to be a giant, he told the young people gathered there, "you learn from giants."

Broadcast on C-Span on 8/27/13

The Next 'Messiah?

Dr. Yohuru Williams, professor and chair of history and director of Black Studies, was part of a live discussion on a Tennessee judge's ruling to forcibly change a baby's name to Martin from Messiah, which she said could not be used for anyone other than Jesus.

Broadcast on HuffPost Live on 8/22/13

Defacing Jackie Robinson's statue will not erase his legacy

Dr. Yohuru Williams, professor and chair of history, wrote an opinion essay in the wake of vandalism to a statue of baseball legends Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese. "The statue of Jackie and Peewee reminds us in the most meaningful way that it takes collective action to meet injustice," he wrote, "and that it is in those moments when we face the greatest peril that we must stand together for what's right."

Published in The Hartford Guardian on 8/11/13

Lectures in history: Civil Rights Movement

Dr. Yohuru Williams, professor of history, argues the teaching of the Civil Rights Movement is too focused on leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., excluding the multitude who sacrificed and worked for equality, and especially minimizing the role of women in an April class taped and broadcast by C-Span's American History TV.

Appeared on C-Span 3 on 8/10/13