On Monday, March 27th, The Shirley Chisholm Project will host the first event in its Conversation Series: The Battlefront is the Classroom – A Discussion on Racial Equity in Education, Culture Wars & the Fight for Independent Schools.

Russell Rickford is an associate professor of history at Cornell University. He specializes in African American political culture after World War Two, the Black Radical Tradition, and transnational social movements. His current book, We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination, received the Liberty Legacy Award from the Organization of American Historians. He is currently working on a book about Guyana and African American radical politics in the 1970s. 

Rickford’s scholarly articles have appeared in Journal of American History, Journal of African American History, Souls, New Labor Review, and other publications. His popular writing has appeared in publications such as In These Times, Truthout, Washington Post,Counterpunch, Black Agenda Report and Africa is a Country. Rickford holds a bachelor’s from Howard University and a doctorate from Columbia University. Born in Guyana, he lives in Ithaca, New York. 

We are proud to count Dr. Rickford among our esteemed panel of Black Studies and Black Education experts.

The discussion will take place Monday, March 27th from 11am-12:15pm in Woody Tanger Auditorium at the Brooklyn College Library. To become part of our virtual audience, register to join us on Zoom here:


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