‘We will not be bullied into silence’: Over 350 scholars and Civil Rights movement veterans speak out in support of Palestinian rights and Angela Davis

Open Letter – January 22, 2019
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, over 350 scholars of the Civil Rights and Black Freedom Movements, and veterans of these historic struggles, along with educators and human rights advocates, issued the following statement in support of Palestinian human rights, and in defense of, Angela Y. Davis, who was publicly dishonored three weeks ago by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute when it abruptly reversed its decision to recognize her with its annual award because of her stand on this issue.

The statement was the initiative of Scholars for Social Justice, a new national network of progressive scholar-activists, led by scholars of color. To learn more please visit

Open Letter to the Leadership of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Support of Dr. Angela Y. Davis
As scholars and historians of the Black Freedom Movement, and as veteran civil rights and human rights activists, we are appalled and outraged by the decision of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) to “dishonor” our colleague and sister, Angela Y. Davis, by rescinding its 2019 Fred Shuttlesworth Award, claiming that she does not meet the criteria for the award. As a daughter of Black Birmingham whose sense of justice was shaped by her community’s organizing tradition, who better than Davis to be honored by such an award.
There are few individuals more admired and beloved in the U.S. Black Freedom struggle, and the global struggle for human rights and justice than Angela Y. Davis. Her status as an international human rights advocate is iconic. Davis has been an unwavering stalwart in the fight for freedom and justice for more than fifty years, speaking out against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, Islamophobia, war, settler-colonialism, and imperialism around the world. She has been one of the most ardent advocates for prison abolition and for humane alternatives to the caging of our fellow human beings. She has also been a steadfast supporter of indigenous peoples. And yes, she has spoken out strongly in support of Palestinian rights, as have millions of principled activists around the world, including tens of thousands of Jews, and many Israelis.
In reflecting on the BCRI decision we are reminded of the following quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “The ultimate measure of a [person] is not where [they] stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where [they] stand at times of challenge and controversy.” Sadly, the BCRI leadership has failed to live up to King’s challenge, caving in to pressure to reverse their earlier decision to honor Davis.
We may not all agree on the best way forward in the Middle East but we do share Dr. Davis’ view that the Israeli Occupation is wrong, and that the repressive, discriminatory and often violent policies of the Israeli government vis-à-vis the Palestinian population are wrong and indefensible. This is not a stance against the Jewish people, as is sometimes erroneously suggested, and as evidenced by the increasing number of Jewish people who are a part of the movement for Palestinian rights. Rather it is a stance against the policies of the Israeli government, and our own government’s immoral support of those policies. This is one of the fundamental human rights issues of our time, and we will not be bullied into silence on it. Individuals and institutions that choose to punish, censor, blacklist and dishonor anyone who dares to take a critical stand on this issue are acting in the disgraceful tradition of McCarthyism and furthering the intolerance of dissent.
Finally, we are especially disturbed and angered by the recent targeting of Black supporters of Palestinian rights. Journalist and scholar Marc Lamont Hill was abruptly fired as a CNN contributor for expressing his views on Palestine at the United Nations in December of last year. And now, Angela Davis is publicly disrespected in this way, in her hometown, a site of so many heroic struggles for the values that she, and many of us, uphold. This reminds us of the ways in which liberal supporters of civil rights reforms turned their backs on Dr. King when on April 4, 1967 he dared to speak out condemning the war in Vietnam. This sends a clear message today: how dare independent Black activists express views on international politics that differ with mainstream U.S. policy. This message, was then and is now, paternalistic and insulting. Many others, especially Palestinian and Arab scholars and activists, have also been targeted and attacked for their outspoken stance in support of Palestinian human rights. And we support their right of expression as well.
We stand with Angela Davis and applaud her outstanding and admirable track record as a public intellectual, feminist scholar, and advocate for peace, freedom and justice around the world. The BCRI leadership has refused to recognize or value Dr. Angela Davis’s sterling human rights record. They have instead chosen to pander to conservative critics and the pro-Israel lobby. History will not view this decision kindly.
Angela Davis represents the best of the tradition Black freedom fighters who were uncompromising internationalists, refused to bow to intimidation, and were unafraid to speak truth to power. We thank and honor Angela Davis for her life’s work, her moral courage and her visionary leadership, even if BCRI has chosen not to do so.
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A. Naomi Paik – Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Adam Bush – Provost, College Unbound
Adom Getachew – Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
Aisha Ray, Ph.D. – Professor Emerita of Child Development, Erikson Institute
Aishah Shahidah Simmons – Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania
Akinyele K Umoja – Chair and Professor, Georgia State University
Alaka Wali – Curator of North American Anthropology, The Field Museum
Alan M. Wald – H. Chandler Davis Collegiate Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan
Alex Lubin – Professor of American Studies, University of New Mexico
Alexis Gumbs – Founder, Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind
Allyson Hobbs – Associate Professor & Director of African & African American Studies, Stanford University
Amanda Joyce Hall – Doctoral Candidate, Yale University
Amira Rose Davis – Assistant Professor of History, Penn State University
Amrita Chakrabarti Myers – Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies, Indiana University
Amy King – Professor, SUNY Nassau Community College
Ana Lucia Araujo – Professor, Howard University
Andreana Clay – Associate Professor and Department Chair, San Francisco State University
Andrew Dilts – Associate Professor, Loyola Marymount University
Andrew Kahrl – Associate Professor, University of Virginia
Anene Ejikeme – Associate Professor, Trinity University
Angeline Gragasin – Writer, Filmmaker, Researcher, Brooklyn College and The University of Chicago
Anita Plummer – Assistant Professor, Howard University
Ann Savage – Professor, Butler University
Anna Chandler – Film student and activist, Columbia College Chicago
Anna Guevarra – Director and Associate Professor, Global Asian Studies, University of Illinois Chicago
Annalisa Butticci – Assistant Professor, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Annelise Orleck – Professor of History, Dartmouth College
Ariel Dougherty – National Director, Media Equity Collaborative
Arti Mehta – Lecturer, Howard University Department of Classics
Ashley Farmer – Assistant Professor, University of Texas, Austin
Austin McCoy – Assistant Professor, Auburn University
Avery F. Gordon – Professor, University of California
Barbara Ransby – Distinguished Professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies and History, University of Illinois at Chicago
Beatrice J Adams – Graduate Student, Rutgers University
becky thompson Ph.D. – professor, simmons university
Bernardine Dohrn – clinical faculty (retired), Northwestern University School of Law
Dr Bernice Johnson Reagon – Retired Founding Director, Program in African American Culture Smithsonian Institution, Founder, Director of Sweet Honey In The Rock, African American Acapella Female Ensemble
Bertin M. Louis, Jr. – Associate Professor, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Beth Blue Swadener – Professor, Arizona State University
Beth E Richie – Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Betsy Loren Plumb – Administrator, African and Afro-American Studies Department, Brandeis University
Beverly Guy-Sheftall – Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies and Director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center, Spelman College
Bob Zellner – Activist, SNCC, SCEF, NAACP
Brandy Thomas Wells – Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University
Brenna Bhandar – Senior Lecturer, SOAS, University of London
Brett Gadsden – Association Professor, Northwestern University
Brian Behnken – Associate Professor, Iowa State University
Brittney Cooper – Associate Professor, Rutgers University
Bruce Smith – Southern Student Organizing Committee , Virginia Student Civil Rights Committee, 1964-1969, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia
Brunie Emmanuel – Founder, The UniVision Group
Carina E. Ray – Associate Professor, Brandeis University
Carole Boyce Davies, Professor, Cornell University
Carolle Charles, Phd – Associate Professor of Sociology CUNY, Baruch College
Carolyn M. Byerly, Ph.D. – Professor of Communication, Howard University
catherine orr – Professor and Chair of Critical Identity Studies, Beloit College
Cathy J. Cohen – Professor, University of Chicago
Celia E. Naylor – Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History, Barnard College, Columbia University
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Assistant Professor of Physics and Core Faculty in Women’s Studies, University of New Hampshire
Chandra Talpade Mohanty – Distinguished Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University
Charisse Burden-Stelly, PhD – Assistant professor, africana studies and political science, Carleton College
Charles Hughes – Director/Assistant Professor, Rhodes College
Charles W. McKinney – Director of Africana Studies, Rhodes College
Charlie Cobb – Writer, SNCC veteran
Charlie Thomas – Volunteer, SNCC
Cheryl Harris – Professor of Law, University of California. Los Angeles
Cheryl Johnson-Odim – Provost Emerita, Dominican University
Christen Smith – Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin
Christina Heatherton – Assistant Professor, Barnard College
Dr. Christina Sharpe – Professor of Humanities, York University
Christine Dussault – Chicago Public Schools, Teacher
Claire O’Connor – Community Organizer, Freedom Rider
Clayborne Carson – Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor, Stanford University
Colleen S. Bell – Professor, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
Constancia Dinky Romilly – SNCC Northern Coordinator, Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre
Courtney J. Patterson-Faye, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Wesleyan University
Crystal N. Feimster, Associate Professor, Yale University
Crystal Moten – Assistant Professor of History, Macalester College
Crystal R. Sanders – Associate Professor of History and Director of the Africana Research Center, Pennsylvania State University
Curtis Austin – Associate Professor, University of Oregon
Cynthia Mosteller – Member, Hope Community Fairhope AL
Cynthia Wu – Associate Professor, Indiana University
Dan Berger – Associate Professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies, University of Washington Bothell
Dana-Ain Davis – Professor, Graduate Center, CUNY
Daphne Muse – Writer, Mills College (Retired)
Davarian Baldwin – Distinguished Professor of American Studies, Trinity College (CT)
David Stovall – Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dayo F. Gore – Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies, University of California, San Diego
Deborah A. Thomas – R. Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
Deborah Hope – Activist & Attorney, National Bar Association
Debra L. Schultz – Assistant Professor of History, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY
Diane Harriford – Professor of Sociology, Vassar College
Donna Murch – Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Dorothy C. Salem – Professor Emeritus, Retired Cuyahoga Community College
Dylan Rodriguez – Professor and Chair of the Academic Senate, UC Riverside Division, University of California at Riverside
D. Patrick Johnson – Professor, Northwestern University
Ebony Coletu – Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University
Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones – Reader in Law & Anthropology, Birkbeck College, University of London
Eddie S. Glaude Jr. – James S McDonnell Distinguish University Professor, Princeton University
Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Esq. – Executive Director, CAIR Georgia
Eileen Boris – Hull Professor of Feminist Studies, University of a California Santa Barbara
Elaine Richardson – Professor of Literacy Education, The Ohio State University
Elizabeth K Warman – Community Worker, Social Justice Coordinator, Second Unitarian Church, Chicago
Elizabeth Todd-Breland – Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Elizabeth Walsh – Journalist, Al Jazeera English
Ellen Wu – Associate Professor, History, Indiana University Bloomington
Elsa Barkley Brown – Associate Professor, University of Maryland College Park
Efia Nwangaza, Founder/Exec Director, Malcolm X Center for Self Determination
Erik S. McDuffie – Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Eve L. Ewing – Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
Evelynn M. Hammonds, PhD – Professor, Harvard University
Farah J Griffin – Chair, African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, Columbia University
Felicia Jamison – Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland
Filomina C. Steady – Professor, Wellesley College
Flora Farago – Assistant Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University
Frances Jones-Sneed, Ph.D. – Professor Emeritus of History, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Francoise Hamlin – Associate Professor, Brown University
Frank D Rashid – Professor Emeritus, Marygrove College
Dr. Fredrick Douglass Dixon – Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming
Gaye Theresa Johnson – Professor, UCLA
George Derek Musgrove – Associate Professor of History, UMBC
Gina Dent – Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz
Gina Athena Ulysse – Professor of Anthropology, Wesleyan University
Gordon Mantler – Associate Professor of Writing and of History, George Washington University
Grace Hong – Professor of Gender Studies and Asian American Studies, UCLA
Gwendolyn Midlo Hall – Professor, Rutgers University
Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons – Senior Lecturer, University of Florida
Heather Ann Thompson – Professor and author, University of Michigan
Helen H Jun – Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Chicago; Departments of English and African American Studies
Horace G. Campbell – Professor, Syracuse University
Ibram X. Kendi – Professor, American University
Jaime Veve – Labor Organizer, Transport Workers Union local 100 NYC (ret.)
Jakobi Williams – Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor, Indiana University
James Smethurst – Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Janet Jakobsen – Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Barnard College
Jarvis Tyner – NY State Chairperson, Communist Party USA
Jasmin A. Young, PhD – Scholar, UCLA
Jasmin Cardenas – Arts Justice Activist, CWC Worker’s Resistance Theater Collective
Jasmin Howard – Doctoral Student, Michigan State University
Jason McGraw – Associate Professor, Indiana University
Jay Schaffner – Moderator, Portside
Jean Allman – Professor, African and African American Studies, Washington University in St. Louis
Jeanine Ntihirageza – Faculty, Northeastern Illinois University
Jeanne M. Toungara – Associate Professor or History, Howard University
Jeanne Middleton Hairston – Scholar, Teacher and Witness to the Movement, DOCJMH, LLC
Jeanne Theoharis – Distinguished Professor, Brooklyn College of CUNY
Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, Professor of History, University of Connecticut
Jennifer Brier – Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and History, University of Illinois – Chicago
Jennifer DeVere Brody – Professor, Stanford University
Jennifer L. Morgan – Professor, New York University
Jennifer Williams – Assistant Professor, Loyola Marymount University
Jerrad P. Pacatte – Graduate Student, Rutgers University
Jessica Viñan-Nelson – PhD candidate, The Ohio State University
Joan C. Browning – 1961 Albany Freedom Rider, Independent Scholar
joão vargas – Professor, University of California, Riverside
Joelle Fishman – Chair, Political Action Commission, CPUSA
Johanna Fernandez – Associate Professor, Baruch College, City University of NY
John Bachtell – National Chair, Communist Party USA
John Higginson – Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Johnny E. Williams – Professor of Sociology, Trinity College
Jordan T. Camp – Term Assistant Professor of American Studies, Barnard College
Joshua B. Guild – Associate Professor of History & African American Studies, Princeton University
Joshua Bloom – Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh
Joyce Elaine King – Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning & Leadership, Georgia State University
Joye Bowman – Professor of History, UMass Amherst
J.T. Roane, Assistant Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Cincinnati
Juana Maria Rodriguez – Professor, UC Berkeley
Judith Byfield – Professor of History, Cornell University
Judith Ezekiel – Professor emerita, Wright State University
Judy Richardson – SNCC Veteran (1963-66), Education Director, Eyes on the Prize documentary series, Visiting Professor, Brown University (former)
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu – Professor and Asian American Studies Chair, University of California, Irvine
Julie Buckner Armstrong – Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies, University of South Florida
Julie Saville – Associate Professor, Emerita, University of Chicago
Juliet Hooker – Professor of Political Science, Brown University
K.T. Ewing – Assistant Professor, Tennessee State University
Kairn A Klieman – Associate Professor, University of Houston
Karen Cook Bell – Associate Professor, Bowie State University
Karen J. Leong – Associate Professor, Arizona State University
Karen Kuo – Associate Professor, Arizona State University
Karen Sotiropoulos – Associate Professor of History, Cleveland State University
Karma R. Chavez – Chair and Associate Professor, Dept. of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Katherine Pecore – Staff Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender
Kaye Wise Whitehead – Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies, Loyola University Maryland
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor – Assistant Professor, Princeton University
Keisha A. Brown – Assistant Professor, Tennessee State University
Keisha N. Blain – Assistant Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh
Keisha-Khan Perry – Associate Professor, Brown University
Kellie Jackson – Assistant Professor, Wellesley College
Keona K. Ervin – Associate Professor of History, University of Missouri
Kesho Yvonne Scott – Associate Professor, Grinnell College
Kia Caldwell – Professor, African, African American & Diaspora Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
Kimberle Crenshaw, Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA and Columbia University
Dr. Kimberly Nichele Brown – Associate Professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
Kimberly Thomas McNair, PhD – Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Southern California
Komozi Woodard – Professor of History, Public Policy & Africana Studies, Sarah Lawrence College
Koritha Mitchell – Associate Professor of English, Ohio State University
Krista Johnson – Associate Professor, Howard University
Lacey Peters – Assistant Professor, Hunter College, CUNY
Laila Farah – Associate Professor, DePaul University
Laura Briggs – Professor, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts
Laura Durnell – Professor, DePaul University
Lauren Araiza – Associate Professor of History, Denison University
Laurie Green – Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Lawrence Ware, Teaching Professor of Philosophy and co-director of the Center for Africana Studies, Oklahoma State University
Leah Sarat – Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Arizona State University
Lee Baker – Professor, Durham, NC
Leith Mullings – Distinguished Professor Emerita, Ph. D. Program in Anthropology, Graduate Center, CUNY
Leslie M Alexander – Associate Professor, University of Oregon
Dr. Leslie-Burl McLemore – Emeritus Professor, Jackson State University
Lester K Spence – Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Linda E. Carty – Associate Professor, Syracuse University
Lisa Brock – Director of Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo College
Lisa Levenstein – Associate Professor of History, UNC Greensboro
Lisa M. Anderson – Associate Professor, Arizona State University
Lisa Yun lee – Executive Director, National Public Housing Museum
Lise Vogel – Professor (ret.) of Sociology, Rider University
Dr. Lynette A. Jackson – Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
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Mae Ngai – Professor, Columbia University
Manisha Sinha – Draper Chair in American History, University of Connecticut
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Marisa Fuentes – Associate Professor, Rutgers University
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Dr Mark Naison – Professor of African American Studies and History, Fordham University
Mark Anthony Neal – Professor, Duke University
Marlon M Bailey – Associate Professor, Arizona State University
Martha Biondi – Lorraine H. Morton Professor of African American Studies and Professor of History, Northwestern University
Mary Barr, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Kentucky State University
Mary Margaret Fonow – Professor of Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University
Mary Pattillo – Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Northwestern University
Mary Louise Patterson M.D. – Asst. Clinical Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College
Mathias Urban – Professor of Early Childhood Education, Dublin City University
Matthew Basso – Professor, University of Utah
Matthew M. Harris – PhD Candidate, University of California, Santa Barbara
Melanee C. Harvey – Assistant Professor, Howard University
Melina Abdullah – Professor & Chair, Pan-African Studies, California State University, Los Angeles
Melissa N. Stuckey, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of History, Elizabeth City State University
Mia Charlene White – Assistant Professor, The New School
Michael A. Middleton – Deputy Chancellor and Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Missouri
Michael Keith Honey – Haley Professor of Humanities, University of Washington Tacoma
Michael O. West – Professor, Binghamton University
Michael Simanga – Scholar, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Michelle Alexander – Visiting Professor of Social Justice, Union Theological Seminary
Michelle Duster – Author / Speaker / Educator, Columbia College Chicago
Michelle Moyd – Associate Professor of History, Indiana University, Bloomington
Michelle Salazar Perez – Associate Professor of Early Childhood, New Mexico State University
Mildred Boveda – Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
Minkah Makalani – Director, John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Molly Crabapple – Artist and author of Drawing Blood, Independent
Mónica A. Jiménez – Assistant Professor, African and African Diaspora Studies Department, University of Texas at Austin
N. D. B. Connolly – Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Nadine Naber, Professor, Global Asian Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
Nan Enstad, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Nancy Gruver – Founder, New Moon Girls
Nancy MacLean – William Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy, Duke University
Nancy Raquel Mirabal – Associate Professor, American Studies Department, University of Maryland, College Park
Natalie P. Byfield – Associate Professor, St. John’s University
Natanya Duncan – Assistant Professor, Lehigh University
Natsu Taylor Saito – Professor of Law, Georgia State University
Nell Irvin Painter – Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, Princeton University
Nicole Burrowes – Assistant Professor, University of Texas, Austin
Nikhil Pal Singh – Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History, Faculty Director NYU Prison Education Program, New York University
Nikki Brown – Associate Professor of History, University of New Orleans
Nikki M. Taylor – Professor of History, Howard University
Nishani Frazier – Associate Professor, Miami University of Ohio
Noorjahan Akbar – Founding Director, Free Women Writers
Pamela N Walker – PhD Candidate, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Pamela Sporn – Director, Grito Productions
Patricia Williams Lessane, Executive Director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston
Patrick D. Jones – Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Patti Duncan – Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Oregon State University
Paula Austin – Assistant Professor, California State University, Sacramento
Peggy Quinn – Member/ Organizer, Mississippi for Quality Education as a Constitutional Right
Penny Patch – Civil Rights Movement veteran, Nurse-Midwife, Adjunct Professor, Springfield College (ret.)
Philip V. McHarris – PhD Candidate, Yale University
Phyllis Bennis – Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies
Premilla Nadasen – Professor, Barnard College
Prexy Nesbitt – Senior Lecturer, Making the Road
Prof. Blair LM Kelley – Associate Professor, NC State University
Quincy Mills – Associate Professor of History, Director of Africana Studies, Vassar College
Rabab Abdulhadi – Director and Senior Scholar, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies, San Francisco State University
Rachel E. Harding, PhD – Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver
Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies and History, Columbia University
Rebecca Hill – Professor, Kennesaw State University
Regina Yasmeen Brown – Member, Sembène Films & Art Festival
Rhonda Hanson – NEA Peace & Justice Caucus
Rhonda Y. Williams – Professor, Vanderbilt University
Robbie Osman – Activist, Freedom Summer volunteer
Robert W. Widell, Jr. – Associate Professor of History, University of Rhode Island
Robin D. G. Kelley – Professor, UCLA
Robyn Ceanne Spencer – Associate Professor of History, Lehman College
Roderick A. Ferguson – Professor, University of Illinois
Ronda Henry Anthony – Associate Professor, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Rosalie Uyola – Director, Independent Scholar
Dr. Rose Brewer – Professor, University of Minnesota
Rosemary Ndubuizu – Assistant Professor, Georgetown University
Ruby Sales – Director Founder, Spirithouse Project, SNCC veteran
Rudy Guevarra Jr. – Associate Professor, Arizona State University
Russell Rickford – Associate Professor of History, Cornell University
Ruth Wilson Gilmore – Professor, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Salamishah Tillet – Professor of African-American Studies and Creative Writing, Rutgers University
Samuel Kelton Roberts – Associate Professor of History & Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University
Sara M Evans – Regents Professor Emerita, University of Minnesota, retired
Sarah E. Chinn – Professor, English Department, Hunter College, CUNY
Sarah Haley – Associate Professor, UCLA
Sasha Turner, Associate Professor, Quinnnipiac University, and Yale Research Fellow
Scott Saul – Professor of English, UC Berkeley
Sean Jacobs – Associate Professor, International Affairs, The New School
Senti Sojwal – Communications Coordinator, Planned Parenthood of New York City
Dr. Shana L. Redmond – Associate Professor, UCLA
Shanna G. Benjamin – Associate Professor of English, Grinnell College
Shannon Frystak, Ph.D. – Professor of African American/Women’s History, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Shannon King – Associate Professor of History, College of Wooster
Sharla M. Fett – Professor, Occidental College
Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson, PhD, MPH – Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, The Ohio State University
Sheshalatha Reddy – Associate Professor, Howard University
Simon Balto – Assistant Professor of History and African-American Studies, University of Iowa
Sina Kramer – Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Loyola Marymount University
Stanlie M James – Professor, Arizona State University
Stephanie Shonekan – Professor, W.E.B. Du Bois Dept of Afro-American Studies, UMASS Amherst
Stephanie Smallwood – Associate Professor of History, University of Washington
Steve Thornton – Past Vice President, District 1199 NE/ SEIU
Steve Wise – Activist, Virginia Students Civil Rights Committee
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Susan M. Reverby – Professor Emerita, Wellesley College
T. Dionne Bailey – Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow, Carter G. Woodson Institute – University of Virginia
Dr. Tara White – Historian, Wallace County Community College
Tera W. Hunter – Edwards Professor of American History and Professor of African American Studies, Princeton
Teresa A. Barnes – Assoc. Professor, Center for African Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Teresa Prados Torreira – Associate Professor, Columbia College Chicago
Thavolia Glymph – Professor, Duke University
Theresa El-Amin – Regional Director, Southern Anti-Racism Network
Thomas A. Guglielmo – Associate Professor of American Studies, George Washington University
Thomas C Holt – Professor, University of Chicago
Dr. Tiffany Ruby Patterson – Associate Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and History, Vanderbilt University
Tikia K. Hamilton, Ph.D. – Educator, Latin School of Chicago
Timothy B. Tyson – Senior Research Scholar, Duke University
Dr. Tiyi M. Morris – Associate Professor, Ohio State University
Todd Moye – Professor of History, University of North Texas
Toussaint Losier – Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Tracye A. Matthews – Executive Director, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, University of Chicago
Tyina Steptoe – Associate Professor, University of Arizona
Ula Taylor – Professor, University of California, Berkeley
V. P. Franklin – Educator/Historian, University of New Orleans
Victoria Wolcott, Professor of History, University of Buffalo
Wahneema Lubiano – Associate Professor, African & African American Studies, Duke University
Walter D. Greason – Chair, EDCNL, Monmouth University
Wangui Muigai – Lecturer, Brandeis University
Wellington W. Nyangoni – Professor, Brandeis University
Dr. Willi Coleman – Professor Emerita, University of Vermont
William Ayers – Distinguished Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
William Minter – Editor, AfricaFocus Bulletin
William P. Jones – Professor of History, University of Minnesota
Zebulon V. Miletsky – Assistant Professor/Africana Studies, Stony Brook University
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