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).



Past Classes with Richard D. Benson II

February 19, 2020 @ 6:30 pm

The Communiversity Forum Podcast w/Guest, Dr. David Stovall

This presentation will be the official launch of The Communiversity Forum (TCF) podcast with Dr. David Stovall of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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February 18, 2020 @ 6:30 pm

Malcolm X, the Man vs the Myths: Examining a Revolutionary Life

A memorial to 55th anniversary of Malcolm X's assassination. Primarily, this presentation will examine, unpack and demarcate fact from fiction regarding his revolutionary career.
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October 22, 2019 @ 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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June 6, 2019 @ 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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