Africana Studies Presents the Black Power Movement Speaker Series

By Lauren Boyle

April 13, 2010 — Throughout the months of February and March, the Africana Studies program, in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Earle Mack School of Law, presented a five-part lecture series in honor of Black History Month. The series explored the rise of African American power in the U.S. from the Black Panther Party to the current “age of Obama.” The Intercultural Engagement and Diversity Initiative Speaker Series, the Office of Multicultural Programs, the University Writing Program, the Department of Culture and Communication, and the Department of English and Philosophy also helped sponsor the event, demonstrating the deeply relevant nature of the subject matter across all academic disciplines.

Black Power Movement Speaker Series
Dean Donna Murasko, Elaine Brown, and Dr. Kali Gross, Director of the Africana Studies Program

The Black Power Movement Speaker Series aimed to educate the Drexel community about how our country arrived at this pivotal point in history. The lectures highlighted the connection between civil rights movements and Black Power movements in America, and emphasized the vital role young people played in the revolution. Dr. Kali Gross, assistant professor of history and the director of the Africana studies program, explained that one of the goals of the series was to give students a chance to interact with an individual they have learned about in their history courses. Dr. Gross, and the others responsible for planning the speaker series, ensured that the program was not lacking in influential figures from American history. Distinguished guests included Elaine Brown, Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, Bobby Seale, and Dr. Hasan Jefferies.

Lauren Boyle graduated in June of 2010 with a B.A. in English