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Date(s) - 02/05/2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D., is an award-winning educator, author, DEI and community engagement specialist, motivational speaker, and founder of the Arizona State University Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, winner of the 2014 Arizona Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA) Inclusive Workplace Award, where he was a professor of history for fifteen years. He co-founded the Healing Racism Dialogue Series, winner of the 2008 National League of Cities Inclusive Award, and was given DLA’s 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Leader Award. His books include Hurricane Katrina: America’s Unnatural Disaster, and Race Work: The Rise of Civil Rights in the Urban West. His forthcoming memoir is The Undisputed Truth: A Revolutionary Journey to Black Manhood.

People of African descent have helped mold the cultural, educational, social, economic, and political landscape of Arizona for five hundred years. Their story has been harrowing, instructive, and inspirational. Black activism and political accomplishments, in particular, have been the hallmark of their struggle for freedom and equality. Moreover, their activism inspired white women, various people of color, and other marginalized groups, to adopt many of their strategies for confronting discrimination and making a more perfect union. This presentation will explore this history and reveal the dynamism of Black history and life.