Widely regarded as one of the nation’s top history education professionals, Diverse Issues in Higher Education recently hailed Dr. Yohuru Williams as “one of the most exciting scholars of his generation.” An expert on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, as well as late 19th and 20th century U.S. History, African American History and Social Studies teaching methods, Dr. Williams teaches history at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, and is the Chief Historian and Vice President for Public Education and Community Outreach at the Jackie Robinson Foundation in New York City.
Dr. Williams is the author of Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven (Blackwell, 2006) and Teaching U.S. History Beyond the Textbook (Corwin, 2008). He is the editor of A Constant Struggle: African-American History from 1865 to the Present, Documents and Essays (Kendall Hunt, 2002), and the co-editor of In Search of the Black Panther Party: New Perspectives on a Revolutionary Movement (Duke University, 2006), and Liberated Territory: Toward a Local History of the Black Panther Party (Duke University, 2009). He also served as general editor for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s 2002 and 2003 Black History Month publications, The Color Line Revisited (Tapestry Press, 2002) and The Souls of Black Folks: Centennial Reflections (Africa World Press, 2003). Dr. Williams also served as an adviser on the popular civil rights reader Putting the Movement Back into Teaching Civil Rights.
Dr. Williams’ scholarly articles have appeared in The Black Scholar, The Journal of Black Studies, The Organization of American Historians' Magazine of History, Delaware History, Pennsylvania History, and the Black History Bulletin. Dr. Williams is presently finishing up a single-authored book entitled Six Degrees of Segregation: Lynching, Capital Punishment and Jim Crow Justice, 1865-1960.
||Skilled in community outreach, diversity training, leadership development, community building, volunteer recruitment & commitment, event organizing, cultural literacy & awareness training, program development, and political engagement, Apryl Walker is the State Director and Lead Political Organizer for the Working Families Party in Delaware.|
Ms. Walker has led community building, cultural literacy & awareness training, diversity training, and leadership development workshops throughout the United States, as well as in Kenya and South Africa. She led workshops at the 2007 United States Social Forum, 2008 White Privilege Conference, 2008 Gandhi-King Conference on Peacemaking, 2009 White Privilege Conference, and 2010 United States Social Forum. Ms. Walker also teaches fundamental, ongoing and leadership level courses that provide comprehensive peer-counseling and diversity instruction for professionals, community leaders, parents, and student leaders.
Ms. Walker has worked with coalitions, advocacy groups, government agencies, museums, political campaigns, community organizations, labor unions, for-profit businesses, foundations, and universities.