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Release Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 6:16 PM
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Howard University to Host Discussion on the Life and Impact of Stokely Carmichael

Peniel Joseph, Ph.D.

WASHINGTON (February 25, 2014) -- Howard University’s Department of Afro American Studies will host a discussion on the life and impact of civil rights activist Stokely Carmichael on Friday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. in the Blackburn Center Forum.  Peniel Joseph, Ph.D., professor of history at Tufts University will serve as guest lecturer.

In 1960, Carmichael, who later became Kwame Ture, entered Howard University where he joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (via its campus-based affiliate, the Nonviolent Action Group).  The lecture will be based in part on Joseph’s new book, "Stokely: A Life."

Joseph is an expert in Black Power Studies, which has impacted the presentation of postwar American and African American History as well as related interdisciplinary fields like Africana Studies, law and society, and philosophy. Joseph is the author of the award-winning “Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative. History of

Cover of "Stokely, A Life"
Black Power in America and Dark Days,” “Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama” as well as editor ofThe Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era” andNeighborhood Rebels: Black Power at the Local Level.”

The event is sponsored by the Department of Afro American Studies’ John and Eula Mae Cleveland Distinguished Chair Lecture Series.  The Howard University Bookstore will have advance copies of the book for sale at the event.  For more information, contact Greg Carr, Ph.D. at


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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