Dr. Richard D. Benson II is a historian specializing in education, the Black Freedom Movement and transnational social movements. He completed a PhD in Educational Policy Studies specializing in the history of education at the University of Illinois. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Education Department at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. He has received a number of grants and awards including the UNCF/Mellon International Faculty Residency, The W. E. B. Du Bois Visiting Scholars Fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the C.L.R. James Research Fellowship by the African American Intellectual History Society  and the New York Public Library Fellowship. He is the award-winning author of Fighting for our Place in the Sun: Malcolm X and the Radicalization of the Black Student Movement 1960-1973 (Peter Lang Publishing, 2015),which is a text that examines the linkages and inter-generational continuity of the Black Freedom Movement that evolved from the social pedagogy and political influences of Malcolm X. Dr. Benson is currently working on a book manuscript entitled, Funding the Revolution: Black Power, White Church Money, and the Financial Architects of Black Radicalism 1966-1976 (State University of New York Press, 2019).

 

 

Upcoming Classes with Richard D. Benson II

October 22 @ 6:30 pm

Black Liberation, Anti-Fascism & the Arsenal of Democracy

This presentation investigates the trinity of the anti-fascist Black Freedom Struggle (1940s), the Ford Foundation and the Military Industrial Complex which became the catalyst for philanthropy of the latter half of the twentieth century.
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Past Classes with Richard D. Benson II

June 6 @ 6:30 pm

(PART TWO) From Civil Rights to “We are an African People!”: SNCC and the Black Student Movement, 1960-1972

This workshop investigates the effects of the Black Power movement and SNCC’s radicalization on the national and international anti-colonial & imperialist student/youth led mobilizations of the mid 1960s to the early 1970s.
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June 5 @ 6:30 pm

(PART ONE) From Civil Rights to “We are an African People!”: SNCC and the Black Student Movement, 1960-1972

This workshop will assess how SNCC as the vanguard of the national Black/Student movement evolved from non-direct non-violence to develop a Black Nationalist & internationalist organizational mission in the midst of the shifting objectives of the overall Black Freedom Struggle of the early to mid 1960s.
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February 21 @ 6:00 pm

"Unheralded Heroines": Examining the Women Mentors and Comrades in the Life of Malcolm X

Malcolm X’s life and career as influenced by the women who taught, supported and admired his trajectory from his very humble beginnings as a wayward teen to his international prominence as freedom fighter for human rights and dignity of Black and all oppressed peoples throughout the world.
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February 20 @ 6:00 pm

The Educational & Political Philosophies of Malcolm X

This workshop will assess how Malcolm X’s educational practices and "glocal" political praxis influenced the Nation of Islam, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Black Panther Party, Revolutionary Action Movement and the Radicalization of the Black Student Movement from the the latter 1960s through the anti-imperialist struggles of the 1970s.
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