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Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu to give W.E.B. DuBois Lecture at Fisk

by Cass Teague


Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu

Renowned educator and publisher Jawanza Kunjufu, Ph.D. will speak on the topic “How to Stop the Mis-Education of Black Students” in the 10th Anniversary W.E.B. DuBois Lecture, a series hosted by Alkebu-Lan Images and WFSK Jazzy 88.1 FM. The event will be held in the Appleton Room of Fisk University’s Jubilee Hall. Doors will open at 6 pm with the program beginning promptly at 7 pm on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

Jawanza Kunjufu is the author of over 65 books, including Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys, Good Brothers Looking for Good Sisters, and Black College Student Survival Guide. Dr Jawanza Kunjufu has preached in hundreds of pulpits, taught seminary to doctoral students and has written over 38 books. He is a born again Christian washed by the blood and filled with the Holy Spirit.

Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu has dedicated his career to addressing the ills afflicting black culture in the United States, working primarily as an educational consultant and author but more recently expanding into video and film production. All aspects of the African American experience occupy Kunjufu’s attention, but the main thrust of his work has been directed toward improving the education and socialization of black youths.

Kunjufu is the founder and president of African American Images, a Chicago-based publishing company that sponsors dozens of workshops intended to help educators and parents develop practical solutions to the problems of child-rearing in what he perceives to be a racist society. Kunjufu holds advanced degrees in business and economics that have enabled him to place the problems of black society in the larger context of national and international economic models.

In Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys—probably Kunjufu’s best-known book—he analyzes and offers alternatives to the frequent failure of black males in school and in the marketplace. In Kunjufu’s view, the “conspiracy” against black males is fundamentally rooted in the need of a white minority to control the world’s far greater population of people of color; but in addition to overt racism, Kunjufu includes in his indictment all teachers, parents, and especially adult black males who fail to provide the support and discipline needed to keep black boys off the streets and in the classroom.

Kunjufu sees black males as caught in a self-perpetuating cycle of failure, in which the absence of stable, successful adult role models ensures that young blacks will do poorly in school, turn to street life, and father yet another generation of boys without adequate male role models. The net result is the prevention of black males from attaining positions of social and economic power—thus continuing what Kunjufu perceives as the effective servitude of the black race in spite of America’s claims to democracy and freedom. Kunjufu has developed counter-strategies to this “conspiracy” in a number of his other books.

Where some black leaders have been criticized for blaming the problems facing African Americans on racism alone, and others have occasionally stressed self-reliance while glossing over difficult discussions of racism, Kunjufu has found an important middle ground; by helping African Americans chart a course through racist waters and, at the same time, indicating the importance of black role models, strong families, and economic self-sufficiency, this learned author and educator has established himself as a leading voice of black empowerment.

The W.E.B. DuBois Lecture Series is a partnership between WFSK JAZZY88 and the Alkebu-Lan Images Bookstore and began in August 2007. The purpose is to encourage and empower community advocates, educators and grass-roots volunteers to promote positive behavior & human development. The lectures series serves as a model for business and non-profit entities to work together toward a common shared goal. This lecture series benefits WFSK.

For more information on the W.E.B DuBois Lecture Series contact WFSK at (615) 329-8754 or the Alkebu-Lan Images Bookstore at (615) 321-4111.

Previous W.E.B. DuBois Lecture Series speakers have been:

August 11, 2007 – Steve Perry an innovative educator, author and speaker. Perry is the founder and principal of what U.S. News and World Report has cited as one of the top schools in the country, Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut. Perry’s presentation was on his book Man Up! Nobody’s Coming to Save Us.

September 2, 2014 – Umar Johnson, Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Certified School Psychologist, speaker and author.

August 27, 2015 – Frances Cress Welsing, renowned psychiatrist and author of the seminal 1991 work The Isis (Yssis) Papers: The Keys to the Colors, lectured on the system of white supremacy and racism to a packed house for her appearance. Dr. Cress-Welsing passed away on January 2, 2016.

September 29, 2016 – Dr. Claud Anderson brought the house down with his economic empowerment message last year.

Tickets are available now for only $20; they will be $25 at the door; readily available at Alkebu-Lan Images bookstore in North Nashville, at 2721 Jefferson Street. Call 615-321-4111 for store hours. Students, with ID, will be admitted for only $15. Get yours now before this event sells out.

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