Dr. Yohuru R. Williams
Professor of History
o: Canisius Hall Rm 323
“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
Lies my corporate ed reformers told me: The truth about teacher tenure and the Civil Rights Movement
"At the end of the day, what made teachers so critical to the Civil Rights Movement is partly what makes many of them dangerous to the agenda of the so-called education reformers today," Dr. Yohuru Williams, associate vice president for academic affairs, wrote.
Published in The Huffington Post on 9/12/14
Five stages of grief: Another minority teenager gunned down
Dr. Yohuru Williams, associate vice president for academic affairs, penned an essay about the killing of Missouri teenager Michael Brown for LA Progressive. "We should all be angry about the killing of Michael Brown and moved by love to shape a world where we do not merely claim to care about urban youth but actively work to protect them from the most pernicious dangers that haunt them daily - violence and poverty," he wrote.
Published in LA Progressive on 8/14/14
Making Whoopi: Missing the point in the tenure debate
Dr. Yohuru Williams, associate vice president for academic affairs, penned an essay about Whoopi Goldberg's remarks on teacher tenure and its different meanings at the university and K-12 levels for LA Progressive. "Tenure does not protect bad teachers; it merely establishes their professional status," he wrote.
Published in LA Progressive on 12/14/13