The National Institute for Restorative Justice
"Educating for Advocacy"
Education - Book Discussion Series Archive
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Imagining, Democracy, Justice:
The Mind of Manning Marable

A Three Book Discussion Series
September 13—November 10, 2011
Tuesdays and Thursdays
6:00 - 8:30 PM
Registration Required
Kwame Malik
Kilpatrick, JD
Surrendered: The Rise
Fall & Revelation of
Kwame Kilpatrick
Discussion & Signing
Friday, February 10
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Shackled Minds:
The Bondage of Black America
A Six Book & Film Discussion Series
October 26 - December 18, 2010
Tuesdays and Thursdays
6:00 - 8:30 PM
Registration Required
"The Abolition Movement was only one front in the total struggle that engaged every level of
black society
.  Not only black protesters, but also black students, artists and businessmen
were pressed into service in that struggle. Powerful voices, almost all of them identified with
the Abolitionist movement,
emerged in the cultural arena. This development was largely  
a product of  the study circles and literary societies founded by pioneer black leaders."
Lerone Bennett, Jr..
Resurrecting Leadership:
America At The Crossroads Again!
Justice Initiative will host a leadership discussion series based on A Testament of
Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
, and
the award-winning American history documentary series,
Eyes On The Prize:
America's Civil Rights Years

The series will open Sunday, on the 42nd observance of the assassination of  Dr.
King, with a vigil of remembrance of the hopeful visionaries of the Civil Rights
Movement.  The date coincides this year with the observance of  Christ’s
resurrection.  A syllabus for the series will be distributed at that time.  The screenings
and discussions will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 - 8:30 p.m, beginning
April 6, 2010.  

The series is free and open to the public.  The text for discussion,  A Testament of
Hope, is available to participants at a 20% discounted price at Deuteronomy 8:3.   
Call (216) 376.9695 to reserve your book in advance.  Or email your reservation to

“Where have we seen this news reel before?”  

That was the resounding question around the world as members of the “Tea Party
Movement” opposed to affordable healthcare for all, spat on Reverend Emanuel
Cleaver (D-MO),  called John Lewis (D-GA) a nigger, and Barney Frank (D-MA) a
faggot on March 20, 2010, as the President of the United States of America gathered
members of Congress prior to their historic vote on America’s most significant health
care legislation since Medicare.

We have not yet overcome the ignorance of racism and bigotry in America.  It is for
this reason that we continue to offer opportunities to revisit historical events that
attempted to move us forward into this nation’s promise of life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness.  In the words of Marcus Garvey, “a people without knowledge
of their past history, origin and culture, is like a tree without roots.”  We need to be
rooted in the knowledge of the past events that brought us to this day, as we move
forward in making decisions that will shape our future.

Eyes On The Prize
Cited as “required watching“ by New York Magazine and “indispensable“ by Time:
“Eyes on the Prize is an award-winning 14-hour television series produced by Boston-
based   Blackside, Inc.  and narrated by Julian Bond. Through contemporary
interviews and historical  footage, the series covers all of the major events of the civil
rights movement from 1954-1985.

Series topics range from the Montgomery bus boycott in 1954 to the Voting Rights
Act in 1965;  from community power in schools to "Black Power" in the streets;
from early acts of individual  courage through to the flowering of a mass movement
and its eventual split into factions.

When Eyes on the Prize premiered in 1987, The Los Angeles Times called it "an
exhaustive  documentary that shouldn't be missed." The series went on to win six
Emmys and numerous  other awards, including an Academy Award nomination, the
George Foster Peabody Award, and  the top DuPont-Columbia award for excellence
in broadcast journalism.

Eyes on the Prize was created and executive produced by Henry Hampton (1940-
1998), one of  the most influential documentary filmmakers in the 20th century. His
work chronicled America's  great political and social movements and set new
standards for broadcast quality. Blackside, Inc.  the  independent film and television
company he founded in 1968, completed 60 major films and  media projects that
amplified the voices of the poor and disenfranchised. His enduring legacy  continues
to influence the field in the 21st century.” (source:

More Than A Dreamer
It is hard to believe that in 2010 there are people, young and not so, who have no
idea that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s thinking extended far beyond a dream.  Edited
by James M. Washington, A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and
Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. is perhaps the most comprehensive collection of
Reverend King’s sermons, speeches, essays, interviews and overall philosophical
teachings.  Selecting only seven for the purpose of our series was difficult.

Copyrighted by Corretta Scott King in 1986, and published by Harper Collins in
1990, A Testament of Hope should have been subtitled the “Essential Readings” of
Martin Luther King, Jr.  We have chosen it as the companion text for our series as
Dr. King’s prophetic words help us understand the historical grounding for
“nonviolence, social policy, integration, black nationalism, and the ethics of love and
hope, and more.”

Following the April 4, gathering, sessions will begin each Tuesday and Thursday at 6:
00 p.m. The one hour documentary segment screening will begin promptly at 6:30,
immediately followed by discussion wrapped around the screening and King text.
Opening Convocation: Sunday, April 4, 2010 ~ 7 - 8 p.m.
April 6 - May 20, 2010
Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Zachery  R. Williams, Ph.D.
Book signing & Discussion Series

Howard University Public Intellectuals and the
Dilemmas of Race, 1926-1970

February 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2010
Tuesdays ~ 6 - 8 p.m.
On each Tuesday evening in February 2010, beginning at 6 p.m.., D8:3 is
pleased to host University of Akron Professor and author, Zachery R. Williams,
for a series of discussions on both the historic, and the current conditions and
responsibilities of public intellectuals.

In the introduction to his critical study, In Search of the Talented Tenth:
Howard University Public Intellectuals and the Dilemmas of Race, 1926 - 1970,
Zachary R. Williams defines a public intellectual as "an educated individual who
engages the people on public issues and whose thought and work influence,
define and transform those issues in the public sphere."  

One hundred and seven years ago, William E. B. Dubois similarly defined, and
subsequently tagged such individuals as "The Talented Tenth," in his 1903
article of the same title.  In it's opening paragraph, Dubois clarify's the
responsibility of the public intellectual: "The Negro race, like all races, is going
to be saved by its exceptional men. The problem of education, then, among
Negroes must first of all deal with the Talented Tenth; it is the problem of
developing the Best of this race that they may guide the Mass away from the
contamination and death of the Worst..."

When we think of who those individuals are today, names like Cornell West,
Michael Eric Dyson, Henry Louis Gates, Melissa Harris-Lacewll - and most
notably - Barack H. Obama rise quickly to the surface.  But those public
intellectuals stand firmly, and knowingly, on the shoulders of forerunners like E.
Franklin Frazier, Rayford Logan, John Hope Franklin, Dorothy Porter, Charles
Hamilton Houston, and Dubois, himself.   There are many other names - before,
after and in-between - that have already surfaced in exciting discussions around
this series.  

"From the 1920's through the 1970's, Howard University was home to
America's most renowned assemblage of black scholars.  In Search of the
Talented Tenth traces some of the personal and professional activities of this
community of public intellectuals, demonstrating their scholar-activist nature
and the myriad ways they influenced modern African American , African, and
Africana policy studies."

In this book, Professor Williams explores Dubois's "Talented Tenth" by
"describing the role of public intellectuals from the Harlem Renaissance to the
Black Power movement, in times as trying as the Jim Crow and Cold War
eras."  The book closely examines Howard University's public intellectuals, and
the "indelible imprint they left on academia and black communities alike through
their impact on civil rights, anti-colonialism, and women's rights."

Zachery Williams is Assistant professor of African American History and
Associate Director of Pan-African Studies at the University of Akron.  The
South Carolina native earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Clemson University,
and his Ph.D. at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  Both degrees are in
history, with emphasis in African American History.  He is the editor of
Africana Cultures and Policy Studies: Scholarship and the Transformation of
Public Policy.

On February 2, Dr. Williams will sign In Search of The Talented Tenth, and set
the stage for the lecture/discussions series taking place weekly in February.
Renewing Inalienable Rights, Rebuilding Communal Confidence, Re-energizing Sustainable Economy, Reviving Unbridled Spirit
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Organizing A Movement, Struggling To Freedom
The Legacies of Randolph, Houston, Marshall & Baker
A Three Book & Film Discussion Series
April 10 - May 24, 2012
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Registration Required

Beginning Tuesday, April 10, 2012, The will
begin exploring legacies, leadership and
organizational strategies of four legendary
Americans: Asa Philip Randolph, Charles
Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall and
Ella Baker.  

Three biographies of these leaders will serve
as text for the seven-week series:
A. Philip Randolph And The Struggle For
Civil Rights
by Conelius Bynum; Ella Baker
& the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical
Democratic Vision
by Barbara Ransby; and
Root And Branch: Charles Hamilton
Houston, Thurgood Marshall and the
Struggle To End Segregation
by Rawn
James, Jr.  The text will be supplemented
with film documentaries of the periods

The series is free and open to the public.  
The text books are available for purchase.