Talks and interviews
Introduction to African American Studies (Afro 100) / 15 lectures, with slides
Rethinking Theory in Black Studies / 5 lectures, with slides
Rethinking Black Liberation (The Box) / 10 lectures, with slides
Toledo, Ohio


Talks and interviews

1982. Speech that led to my election as president-elect of the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) at the annual meeting in Chicago. One year later the NCBS board passed a resolution eliminating the post of president-elect and made it retroactive.


Late 1980s. At Twenty-first Century Books (TCB), 607 East Muddy Waters Drive (43rd Street), Chicago.


1992. Two lectures on Malcolm X and education at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago.


1992. Interview at a Howard University (Washington, DC) conference "500 Years of Resistance: The Columbus Legacy and the African."


2003. Panel presentation in New York conference: "The State of Black Studies: Methodology, Pedagogy and Research."


2006. Interview during a conference at the University of Nebraska at Omaha: Digital History and Africana Studies.


2008. Lecture at NCBS eBlack Studies Workshop at University of Illinois.


2008. Interview about my family name and my "nom de guerre."


2011. Lecture in London on Black History Month (October).


2014. A documentary about Abdul's library and archive made with Chris Hamb of Chrisp Media.


2016. Keynote at Purdue University African American Studies Program, Bloomington, Indiana, 30th Symposium on African American Culture and Philosophy, "Exploring the 'Humanity' in the Digital Humanities," December 1, 2016.


2017. Lecture at Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit: "Rethinking the history of Afro-Cuban rebellions."


2017. Hyde Park Jazz Festival on the Wall of Respect and jazz, September 23-24. With Robin D. G. Kelly. Chicago.


2017. Keynote at University of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts conference on "Returns / The Ties that Bind: Waves of Pan-Africanism in Contemporary Art and Society," October 13-19.


2017. Keynote "Memory and Social Transformation: The Role of Community Archives in the Information Revolution" at Diversifying the Digital, Evanston, IL.


2017. Panel discussion at University of Chicago on the book Wall of Respect: Public Art and Black Liberation in 1960s Chicago. With editors Abdul Alkalimat, Romi Crawford, and Rebecca Zorach and Northwestern Press editor-in-chief Gianna F. Mosser. Fall 2017.


2018. Martin Luther King Day keynote at the Gary Comer Youth Center, Chicago, January 18, 2018. See also printed remarks




Introduction to African American Studies (Afro 100) / 15 lectures, with slides

2007. Lectures for an undergraduate course at the University of Illinois.


Lecture 1. Introduction. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 2. Color, race, biology. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 3. Class. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 4. Culture. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 5. Consciousness. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 6. What is Black history? Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 7. Pan-Africanism. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 8. Black nationalism. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 9. Religion. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 10. Women. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 11. Socialism. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 12. Emancipation debate. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 13. Self-determination debate. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 14. Black liberation debate. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.




Rethinking Theory in Black Studies / 5 lectures, with slides

2010. Lecture series at the University of Illinois.


Lecture 1. Ideology. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 2. Methodology. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 3. History. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 4. Tradition. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 5. Debate. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.

Rethinking Black Liberation (The Box) / 10 lectures, with slides

2012. Ten lectures at the University of Illinois.

Lecture 1. The Box, 1. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 2. The Box, 2. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 3. In the Box, 1. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 4. In the Box, 2. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 5. Out the Box, 1. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 6. Out the Box, 2. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 7. New Box, 1. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 8. New Box, 2. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 9. No Box, 1. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.


Lecture 10. No Box, 2. Slides as ppt. Slides as pdf.

Toledo, Ohio videos (with partners)

Late 1990s. First Saturday Education Program.


Late 1990s or early 2000s. Conference on State of Black Toledo, Keynote by James Jackson.